Man in an alfalfa field on a Harris County farm
AuthorSchlueter, Frank J.
Man standing in an alfalfa field on his Harris County farm.
Alfalfa was introduced in 1884, and its culture spread rapidly over the state. At that time alfalfa produced four tons of hay per acre which sold at $15 a ton. Early varieties of hay grown in the state were from some 300 types of wild grass or from alfalfa. By the later 1940s alfalfa was the lead type of hay. Hay acreage and production continued to increase throughout the years as a result of higher-producing varieties, declining cotton acreage, a greater attention to livestock, and increased planting of soil-building crops. (From Handbook of Texas Online)