Alfalfa Moisture

Measuring Moisture in Alfalfa

Alfalfa is a purple flowering plant sometimes referred to as Lucerne. The plant serves as food for cattle and can be fashioned into hay. This is actually the fourth most widely produced crop in the United States, falling short only to corn, wheat and soybeans. Alfalfa moisture is easily measured and controlled by utilizing MoistTech’s IR3000 on-line moisture detector.

During conditions with desirable moisture, five to eight tons of alfalfa can be created from one acre of plant.

The most profitable alfalfa is high in digestibility, protein, and of course, must be good in taste. Each of these factors can be attributed as a result of proper alfalfa moisture. Like with most crops, extreme dryness or too much moisture can make the plant unusable or unattractive to buyers.

In addition to the most common use of alfalfa, animal feed, it doubles as bio-fuel and can help in the production of industrial enzymes.

When it comes to producing high-quality alfalfa for animal feed, maintaining the proper moisture levels is crucial. Moisture meters are invaluable tools that can help achieve optimal moisture content throughout the production process. MoistTech, a trusted manufacturer of near-infrared moisture control devices, offers state-of-the-art moisture meters designed specifically for production lines. These advanced instruments provide accurate and reliable measurements, ensuring that alfalfa is neither too dry nor too wet. By using our moisture meters, producers can achieve the ideal moisture levels, leading to improved hay quality, increased nutritional value, and longer shelf life. Whether in the field or during storage, investing in a moisture meter from MoistTech enables farmers and feed producers to enhance their efficiency and ultimately deliver superior animal feed. 

Measure Today With Unparalleled Precision


Unsurpassed in performance, our moisture meters can accurately measure moisture within tenths of a percent of most applications.


MoistTech sensors withstand the test of time and are low to zero maintenance.


Rely on MoistTech’s NIR moisture sensors to never drift or need re-calibration.


A moisture measurement system is essential for the alfalfa production process and in some cases will pay for itself in less than 30 days. 

Save Money & Time

Efficiency is a top-of-the-line priority for manufacturers and the drying process can lower productivity significantly. Measuring the moisture before and after drying allows the user to optimize the dryer settings to save time and money. A proper moisture control system will pay for itself with the energy savings from the dryer in less than 30 days. Efficiently controlling the dryer within the facility can drastically change the productivity level.

What is the Best Solution?

Reducing front-end expenses and increasing quality and efficiency have always been top priorities for producers. This highlights the need for companies to thoroughly evaluate their current methods of reducing waste — wasted efforts, wasted energy, and wasted product. Evaluating and implementing lean manufacturing principles assists in eliminating waste and improving overall plant production.

We’ve combined our decades of experience and knowledge with feedback from our industry partners to create a moisture meter capable of taking instant, non-contact measurements of moisture, temperature, and other vital levels with the utmost accuracy. When it comes to moisture sensors, the IR-3000 On-Line Sensor is the most advanced system available for alfalfa production.


Locate the point in the production process in which measuring moisture will be the most crucial and beneficial. Identify how you will use the moisture measurement data for improvements and if it will tie into your PLC.

Remember this could involve more than one installation point!


A closed-loop process is achieved by incorporating a moisture measurement system into the manufacturing process. Developing a proactive solution to moisture control will avoid costly downfalls. 


MoistTech’s experts will assess your specific application with lab tests, calibrations, and accuracy results to ensure our equipment will perform for you. All of our sensors are pre-calibrated prior to being shipped to create a plug-and-play operation for the end user.


We offer service and support around the world for our moisture measurement sensors and would be happy to connect you with a rep in your area. Contact us today for more information!

Understand the Process

Using the IR-3000 moisture meter, you’ll save money throughout the entire production process, while making the best quality product at the same time. With MoistTech, you don’t need to compromise.