Green Gold Program (Optimum Alfalfa Harvest Date)

SIGN UP FOR THE GREEN GOLD PROGRAM NOW! Maximize your hay quality by harvesting your alfalfa stand at the optimum time!

E-mail John McGregor, Green Gold Program Coordinator now, to receive tested results twice weekly from numerous regions across the province and know the best window to cut your hay.


Over the past 19 years alfalfa producers, dairy, beef and sheep producers have used the program to help predict when their alfalfa is at the optimum stage for their specific use. Presently approximately 500 producers and industry people have been receiving the information from the program.


The Green Gold Program (Alfalfa Scissor Clipping Project) is used to help predict the date when pure alfalfa stands are at optimum quality (150 RFV) is planned again for 2013. Due to unusual environmental conditions (cool weather and extreme warming conditions), we have seen alfalfa reach optimum quality well before the traditional early bloom (10% flower) stage.  In most cases, had producers waited for the crop to show these signs, harvest would have been delayed by up to 2 weeks and RFV would have been in the 110 range.

Samples are taken at approximately 8:00 a.m., twice a week (Mondays & Thursdays) and delivered to the lab before 11:00 a.m.

Regional results are posted here and communicated via Radio Southern Manitoba, the Manitoba Co-operator and the Carillon News. Results are also emailed to producers twice a week through Coordinator John McGregor.

If you would like to be added to the mailing list or wish to be a sponsor of the Green Gold Program, please e-mail John with your contact information.

Visit the MAFRD Green Gold Program page for more information.

2013 Green Gold Program Reports

Thank you to the 2013 sponsors that made this program possible , the co-operators that permitted us to take samples from their fields, and the producers and MAFRI staff that took samples so that we could provide a provincial picture as to how the alfalfa has progressed to date.

The Dairy Farmers of Manitoba was a major supporter of the Green Gold Program once again for 2013.

Final Report and Chart

Eastern Manitoba (South-East and Beausejour)

May 23, 2013 Eastern
May 27, 2013 Eastern
May 30, 2013 Eastern
June 3, 2013 Eastern
June 6, 2013 Eastern
June 10, 2013 Eastern
June 13, 2013 Eastern

Western Manitoba (Virden and Dauphin)

May 27, 2013 Western
May 30, 2013 Western
June 3, 2013 Western
June 10, 2013 Western
June 13, 2013 Western

Central Manitoba (Arborg and Somerset)

May 30, 2013 Central
June 3, 2013 Central
June 6, 2013 Central
June 13, 2013 Central

Past Green Gold Program Reports

View final reports from recent years.

Read articles on Assessing Frostbitten Alfalfa

Assessing Frost in Alfalfa - Alfalfa growers are assessing their crop for frost damage after temperatures dipped below zero in southern Manitoba in the mornings of June 2nd and 3rd. A light frost of -1 to -2 C will not cause major damage to the crop, explains the Manitoba Forage & Grassland Association’s John McGregor. Read the full article posted in Pembina Valley Online here.

Assess frostbitten alfalfa, prepare to mow - Alfalfa growers whose stands are hit by frost — as growers saw in southeastern Manitoba this past Sunday and Monday mornings — will need to assess and get ready to mow if need be. Read the full article posted in Grain News Online here.