The place where I am going to keep bees starting in April 2012 sits right next to two big alfalfa fields (owned by the neighbors of the friends who are letting me put hives on their property). There are also wild prairies, livestock pastures, gardens, e.t.c., in the vicinity, so I am not worried about lack of forage for the bees. Still, there's potential for a big increase in my honey harvest if I can take advantage of the alfalfa crop. I've heard, and read, that most alfalfa growers, unless they are specifically interested in producing alfalfa seed, don't let the plants flower - they cut the crop down for animal feed before that. On the off chance that my future neighbors are alfalfa seed producers, I don't think 3 hives are enough to pollinate a field of alfalfa - I've read that honeybees and the alfalfa flowers aren't really made for each other (DOI: 10.1002/scin.2007.5591710110). My question is: does anyone have any advice on how I can convince my neighbors to wait several extra days before cutting the alfalfa to let the plants flower and let the bees work the flowers for a while? Maybe offer them a certain amount of honey in return? How many "extra days" would this entail? Thanks.