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        09-28-2013, 12:40 AM
      #11
    Yearling
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    Originally Posted by Painted Horse    
    Here in Utah, Almost ALL certified weed free hay is Alfalfa.
    I wonder, though, why alfalfa itself isn't considered a weed, at least in the context of introducing a non-native plant to the back country. While it's not exactly prolific, I do find the occasional plant growing in my garden, presumably having come from the horse manure I use as fertilizer.
         
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        09-28-2013, 10:59 AM
      #12
    Foal
    I went hiking in the mountians about a month ago on a multi-use trail. Tons of alfalfa alongside the trail....definately not native that high up. People are supposed to start feeding the weed free stuff three days before going into a weed free area. Most day riders I know don't. When I went camping in June at a different area I saw no signs of any weeds and they did check the hay. Mostly because the ranger had been called out on a nusience call. First time any of the campers had ever been checked. This is in sw Colorado.
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        09-28-2013, 09:51 PM
      #13
    Yearling
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    Originally Posted by jamesqf    
    I wonder, though, why alfalfa itself isn't considered a weed, at least in the context of introducing a non-native plant to the back country. While it's not exactly prolific, I do find the occasional plant growing in my garden, presumably having come from the horse manure I use as fertilizer.
    Alfalfa is almost always cut pre-bloom. If the plant has not blossomed yet, It can't have any seeds. It is really easy for an ag inspector to look at a field of alfalfa and recognize if there is a blue/purple hue from blossoms. If it's all green the plant has not blossomed and no seed are possible.

    Where most grass plants don't usually have a blossom or at least not one you identify from the corner of a field. And the variety of grass in a field may go to seed at different dates. Making it much more difficult for an inspector to tell if there are any seeds in the standing grass.
         
        09-28-2013, 10:53 PM
      #14
    Yearling
    Makes sense. So I suppose the occasional plant I find must be escapees from uncut corners/edges of fields?
         

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