Plan to grow alfalfa? Get this seed rating guide
The 2015 edition of the National Alfalfas & Forage Alliance’s Alfalfa Variety Ratings is available.
NAFA recently released its latest free edition of “Alfalfa Variety Ratings —Winter Survival, Fall Dormancy & Pest Resistant Ratings for Alfalfa Varieties.”
The publication provides a listing of alfalfa varieties and their corresponding ratings for dormancy, winter survival, bacterial wilt, aphanomyces, leafhopper and other pests, plus grazing tolerance, salt tolerance and standability.
All varieties listed in the publication can be purchased in the United States for the 2015 production year. That includes 193 alfalfa varieties from 23 marketers. The scores have been verified by the Association of Official Seed Certifying Agencies and the National Alfalfa Variety Review Board.
New on the Web
NAFA has created a searchable online Alfalfa Variety Ratings database to make the tedious process of narrowing alfalfa varietal choices even easier. You’ll find it at alfalfa.org/varietyratings.php.
The database allows a user to search for varieties using up to 23 different parameters including variety name, marketer, fall dormancy, winter survival, disease resistance and salt tolerance to name a few.
The alfalfa ratings print publication is also available at NAFA’s website at alfalfa.org. You can download and print it from there for free.
This article published in the February, 2015 edition of WESTERN FARMER-STOCKMAN.
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