The 2014 planting season offers growers a bit of choice – 26 varieties new to the marketplace.

The following alfalfas are eligible for certification by seed-certifying agencies, as they have been granted 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. They are:

Conventional

Fall Dormancy 2: PGI 212, Ladak II

Fall Dormancy 4: 6472A,AmeriStand 427TQ, Camas, FSG 403LR, FSG 423ST, FSG 424, HybriForce-3400, SolarGold

Fall Dormancy 5: 6585Q, Nimbus, PGI 529

Fall Dormancy 6: Cisco II

Fall Dormancy 7: 57Q53

Genuity Roundup Ready

Fall Dormancy 4: DKA44-16RR

Fall Dormancy 5: RR501

Fall Dormancy 8: WL 552HQ.RR

Fall Dormancy 9: RR902

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Six additional conventional alfalfas received 2013 alfalfa variety review board approval but are not listed in the NAFA leaflet. They are, with their fall dormancy and pest-resistance information, as follows:

Magnum CR, from Dairyland Seed, is a fall dormancy 2 variety that exhibits high resistance to bacterial, fusarium and verticillium wilts; anthracnose; phytophthora root rot; and northern root-knot nematode. It’s resistant to aphanomyces race 1, stem nematode and southern root-knot nematode, with moderate resistance to pea aphid.

From Chemgro Seeds, Keystone II is a fall dormancy 3 alfalfa with high resistance to bacterial, fusarium and verticillium wilts; anthracnose; phytophthora root rot; and aphanomyces race 1. Resistant to aphanomyces race 2 and blue alfalfa, pea and spotted alfalfa aphid, with moderate resistance to stem nematode, it offers moderate multifoliolate leaf expression.

A T.A. Seeds fall dormancy 4 alfalfa, Crave shows high resistance to bacterial, fusarium and verticillium wilts; anthracnose; phytophthora root rot; aphanomyces race 1; and northern and southern root-knot nematodes. It exhibits resistance to stem nematode, pea aphid and aphanomyces race 2.



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Persist III, a fall dormancy 4 variety from Doeblers, highly resists bacterial, fusarium and verticillium wilts; anthracnose; phytophthora root rot; aphanomyces race 1; stem nematode; and northern and southern root-knot nematodes. It shows resistance to pea aphid and moderate resistance to aphanomyces race 2.

Secure-BR, distributed by King’s AgriSeeds, is a fall dormancy 4 variety that’s highly resistant to bacterial, fusarium and verticillium wilts; anthracnose; phytophthora root rot; aphanomyces race 1; and northern and southern root-knot nematodes. It resists stem nematode, pea aphid and aphanomyces race 2.

A fall dormancy 5 alfalfa from Beck’s Hybrids, Contender shows high resistance to bacterial, fusarium and verticillium wilts; anthracnose; phytophthora root rot; aphanomyces race 1; and pea aphid. It’s resistant to spotted alfalfa aphid and root-knot nematode.

The conventional alfalfa varietybelow is new to the marketplace for 2014 andis in the process of obtaining eligibility-for-certification status from the alfalfa variety board, which meets in December.

L-455HD, from Legacy Seeds, is a fall dormancy 4 alfalfa showing high resistance to bacterial, fusarium and verticillium wilts; anthracnose; phytophthora root rot; and aphanomyces race 1.

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