Alfalfa growers have a wealth of new varieties – 37 – to choose from for the 2013 planting season.

The following alfalfas are not only new to the marketplace, they’re eligible for certification by seed certifying agencies, as they have gained National Alfalfa & Miscellaneous Legumes Variety Review Board approval. Their pest-resistance information and the companies distributing them are listed in the National Alfalfa & Forage Alliance leaflet on pages VL-1 through VL-8 of this issue. They are:

Conventional

Fall Dormancy 3: LegenDairy XHD
Fall Dormancy 4: 6401N, Integra 8420, Magnum 7-Wet
Fall Dormancy 5: 55Q27, 55V50, Gunner
Fall Dormancy 9: 6906N

Genuity Roundup Ready

Fall Dormancy 3: RR Presteez
Fall Dormancy 4: 54QR04, 6497R, AmeriStand 455TQ RR, Integra 8444RR, RR AphaTron, RR Stratica, WL 352LH.RR, WL 356HQ.RR
Fall Dormancy 5: 6516R, 6547R, WL 372HQ.RR, RR NemaStar, RR Tonnica
Fall Dormancy 6: RRALF 6R200
Fall Dormancy 7: AmeriStand 715NT RR
Fall Dormancy 9: AmeriStand 915TS RR, WL 662HQ.RR

Three additional conventional alfalfas received 2012 alfalfa variety review board approval but were not listed in the NAFA leaflet. They are, with their fall-dormancy and pest-resistance information, as follows:

FSG 413, from Farm Science Genetics, is a fall-dormancy 4 variety with high multifoliolate leaf expression. It’s highly resistant to bacterial, fusarium and verticillium wilts; anthracnose; phytophthora root rot; and aphanomyces root rot. It’s resistant to stem nematode, spotted alfalfa aphid and pea aphid.

A fall-dormancy 5 variety, Premium, from Intermountain Farmers, exhibits high resistance to bacterial, fusarium and verticillium wilts; phytophthora root rot; aphanomyces race 1; spotted alfalfa aphid and stem nematode. It’s resistant to anthracnose and pea aphid and has high multifoliolate leaf expression.

DG 9212, distributed by Crop Production Services, is a fall-dormancy 9 alfalfa that shows high resistance to fusarium wilt, anthracnose, phytophthora root rot, spotted alfalfa aphid, pea aphid and stem nematode. It’s resistant to verticillium wilt and has low resistance to bacterial wilt. It has high multifoliolate leaf expression.

Two conventional and six Genuity Roundup Ready alfalfa varieties new to the marketplace for 2013 and in the process of obtaining eligibility-for-certification status from the alfalfa variety board, which meets in December, are:

Conventional

Spredor 5 is a Nexgrow fall-dormancy 2 variety with high resistance to bacterial and fusarium wilts, anthracnose, phytophthora root rot and aphanomyces race 1. It shows resistance to verticillium wilt, spotted alfalfa aphid and pea aphid and has low multifoliolate expression.

From Chemgo, Gemstone is a fall-dormancy 4 alfalfa highly resistant to bacterial, fusarium and verticillium wilts; anthracnose; phytophthora root rot; and aphanomyces race 1. Resistant to pea aphid, it offers high multifoliolate expression.

Genuity Roundup Ready

From Farm Science Genetics, 428RR is a fall-dormancy 4 alfalfa with high multifoliolate expression. It’s highly resistant to bacterial, fusarium and verticillium wilts; anthracnose; phytophthora root rot; pea aphid; and aphanomyces race 1. It exhibits moderate resistance to spotted alfalfa aphid and stem nematode.

An America’s Alfalfa fall-dormancy 4 variety, AmeriStand 415NT RR shows high resistance to bacterial, fusarium and verticillium wilts; anthracnose; phytophthora root rot; spotted alfalfa aphid; pea aphid; stem nematode; aphanomyces race 1; and northern root knot nematode. It offers high multifoliolate expression.

A Renk Seed fall-dormancy 4 variety, PureGold is highly resistant to bacterial, fusarium and verticillium wilts; anthracnose; phytophthora root rot and aphanomyces race 1. It resists pea aphid and stem nematode and has high multifoliolate expression.

From DuPont Pioneer, 55VR05 is a fall-dormancy 5 variety highly resistant to bacterial, fusarium and verticillium wilts as well as to anthracnose, phytophthora root rot, aphanomyces race 1 and stem nematode. It provides medium multifoliolate expression.

RRALF 9R100, from Eureka Seeds, is a fall-dormancy 9 alfalfa that’s highly resistant to phytophthora root rot, spotted alfalfa aphid, pea aphid and stem nematode. It provides resistance to bacterial, fusarium and verticillium wilts as well as anthracnose and has low multifoliolate expression.

A Newgrow fall-dormancy 10 variety, 6015R exhibits high resistance to spotted alfalfa aphid and pea aphid, resistance to bacterial and fusarium wilts, phytophthora root rot and stem nematode and moderate resistance to verticillium wilt. It offers low resistance to anthracnose and has low multifoliolate expression.