Yesterday, USDA authorized resumption of the sale and planting of Roundup Ready alfalfa. "This is great news for farmers who have been waiting for the green light to plant Roundup Ready alfalfa," says Steve Welker, Monsanto's alfalfa commercial lead.
RR alfalfa was developed by Monsanto and Forage Genetics International. Both companies and others have varieties of Genuity RR alfalfa seed in stock and ready for sale, he reports.USDA's final Environmental Impact Statement concluded that one outcome of renewed planting could be an increase in quantity of high quality alfalfa hay produced by alfalfa growers. The trait promises faster-growing stands and hay with fewer weeds.