The newest alfalfas have just been introduced into the variety market for the 2012 season.

Eight of these new-to-the-market conventional varieties are eligible for certification by seed certifying agencies, now that they have the approval of the National Alfalfa & Miscellaneous Legumes Variety Review Board.

Of those eight, six are listed in the National Alfalfa & Forage Alliance (NAFA) leaflet, printed on pages 21 through 28 of this November 2011 issue, along with insect and disease resistance ratings. They are:

Fall Dormancy 4:
A4535 – Producer’s Choice Seed
AmeriStand 409LH – America’s Alfalfa
TS 4002 – Producer’s Choice
TS 4007 – Producer’s Choice
WL 354HQ – WL Research

Fall Dormancy 9:
Sun Quest – Croplan Genetics

Two varieties also received the alfalfa variety review board’s okay but were not listed in the NAFA leaflet. They are:

Fall Dormancy 4:
Enhancer II, marketed by Rupp Seeds and Lemke Seed, has high resistance to bacterial, fusarium and verticillium wilts; phytophthora root rot; anthracnose, race 1; aphanomyces root rot, race 1; and northern root knot nematode. It shows resistance to pea aphid and stem nematode.

Profusion HX, sold by King’s AgriSeeds and Renze Hybrids, shows high resistance to bacterial, fusarium and verticillium wilts; phytophthora root rot; anthracnose, race 1; aphanomyces root rot, race 1; and northern root knot nematode. The hybrid is resistant to pea aphid and stem and southern root knot nematodes.

Ten conventional alfalfas new to the market and in the process of obtaining eligibility-for-certification status from the alfalfa variety board, which meets each December, are:

Fall Dormancy 3:
MagnaGraze II, from Dairyland Seed, has high resistance to anthrac-nose, race 1; phytophthora root rot; bacterial, fusarium and verticillium wilts; aphanomyces, race 1; and northern root knot nematode. This variety has resistance to stem nematode; aphanomyces, race 2; and southern root knot nematode.

Fall Dormancy 4:
818ML, from Fielder’s Choice Direct, is highly resistant to anthrac-nose, race 1; phytophthora root rot; bacterial, fusarium and verticillium wilts; aphanomyces, race 1; and stem and northern root knot nematodes. It shows resistance to aphanomyces, race 2 and southern root knot nematode.

KF401B, marketed by Byron Seed, offers high resistance to anthracnose, race 1; phytophthora root rot; bacterial, fusarium and verticillium wilts; aphanomyces, race 1; and stem and northern root knot nematodes. This variety has resistance to aphanomyces, race 2 and southern root knot nematode.

KF402H, also sold by Byron Seed, is a hybrid with high resistance to anthracnose, race 1; phytophthora root rot; bacterial, fusarium and verticillium wilts; aphanomyces, race 1; and stem and northern root knot nematodes. It’s resistant to southern root knot nematode.

Dairyland Seed’s Magnum 7 shows high resistance to anthrac- nose, race 1; phytophthora root rot; bacterial, fusarium and verticillium wilts; aphanomyces, race 1; and stem and northern root knot nematodes. It has resistance to aphanomyces, race 2 and southern root knot nematode.

Magnum Salt, also from Dairyland Seed, exhibits high resistance to anthracnose, race 1; bacterial, fusarium and verticillium wilts; and northern root knot nematode. It has resistance to phytophthora root rot; aphanomyces, race 1; and stem nematode. It’s a salt-tolerant variety.

NuSource Forages introduces NSF-7 011ML, which shows high resistance to anthracnose, race 1; phytophthora root rot; bacterial, fusarium and verticillium wilts; aphanomyces, race 1; and stem and northern root knot nematodes. It has resistance to aphanomyces, race 2 and southern root knot nematode.

SW4328, from S&W Seed, is highly resistant to anthracnose, race 1; phytophthora root rot; fusarium wilt; and pea aphid. The variety is resistant to bacterial and verticillium wilts, spotted alfalfa aphid and stem and southern root knot nematodes. It shows moderate resistance to blue alfalfa aphid.

Fall Dormancy 5:
Croplan’s Gunner exhibits high resistance to anthracnose, race 1; phytophthora root rot; bacterial, fusarium and verticillium wilts; aphanomyces, race 1; and pea aphid. The conventional variety shows resistance to spotted alfalfa aphid and stem nematode.

Fall Dormancy 6:
Hybri-Force 2600, a Dairyland Seed hybrid, is highly resistance to anthracnose, race 1; phytophthora root rot; bacterial, fusarium and verticillium wilts; and southern and northern root knot nematodes. This alfalfa shows resistance to aphanomyces, race 1.

Ten Roundup Ready alfalfa varieties that are being newly marketed and also in the process of board review are:

Fall Dormancy 3:
53VR03, from Pioneer, exhibits high resistance to bacterial, fusarium and verticillium wilts; anthracnose, race 1; and phytophthora root rot. The variety has resistance to aphanomyces, race 1.

Ameristand 433TRR, from America’s Alfalfa, has high resistance to anthracnose, race 1; phytophthora root rot; bacterial, fusarium and verticillium wilts; aphanomyces, race 1; and pea aphid. It shows resistance to spotted alfalfa aphid and stem nematode.

Fall Dormancy 4:
Fielder’s Choice is marketing 304R40, which is highly resistant to anthracnose, race 1; phytophthora root rot; bacterial, fusarium and verticillium wilts; aphanomyces, race 1; and pea aphid. It’s resistant to spotted alfalfa aphid and stem nematode.

Pioneer’s 54VR03 shows high resistance to anthracnose, race 1; phytophthora root rot; bacterial, fusarium and verticillium wilts; and aphanomyces, race 1. It also exhibits a good level of resistance to stem nematode and pea aphid.

MegaMax RR, from Legend Seeds, has high resistance to anthrac-nose, race 1; phytophthora root rot; bacterial, fusarium and verticillium wilts; aphanomyces, race 1; and pea aphid. The variety’s resistant to spotted alfalfa aphid and stem nematode.

L-444RR, marketed by Legacy Seeds, exhibits high resistance to anthracnose, race 1; phytophthora root rot; bacterial, fusarium and verticillium wilts; aphanomyces, race 1; and pea aphid. It provides resistance to spotted alfalfa aphid and stem nematode.

Fall Dormancy 5:
RR503, marketed by Channel, is highly resistance to anthracnose, race 1; phytophthora root rot; bacterial, fusarium and verticillium wilts; aphanomyces, race 1; and pea aphid. It has resistant to spotted alfalfa aphid and stem nematode.

Fall Dormancy 6:
DeKalb’s DKA65-10RR has high resistance to phytophthora root rot, fusarium wilt, pea aphid, spotted alfalfa aphid and stem nematode. The variety is resistant to anthracnose, race 1 and bacterial and verticillium wilts.

WL454HQ.RR, from W-L Research, is highly resistant to phytophthora root rot, fusarium wilt, pea aphid, spotted alfalfa aphid and stem nematode. The variety is resistant to anthracnose, race 1 and bacterial and verticillium wilts.

Fall Dormancy 7:
Revolt, marketed by Syngenta Seeds, has high resistant to phytophthora root rot, fusarium wilt, pea aphid, spotted alfalfa aphid and stem nematode. It’s resistant to anthrac-nose, race 1 and bacterial and verticillium wilts.

Alfalfa Seed Company Contact Info

The below contact information is for alfalfa seed companies listed with their products. Seed representatives can be reached at:

Byron Seed: 765-569-3555.
Fielder’s Choice Direct: 800-321-3177, www.fielderschoicedirect.com.
King’s AgriSeeds: 717-687-6224, www.kingsagriseeds.com.
Legacy Seeds: 866-791-6390, www.legacyseeds.com.
Legend Seeds: 800-678-3346, www.legendseeds.net.
Lemke Seed: 262-242-2647, www.lemkeseed.com.
NuSource Forages: 800-545-8873, www.twincityseed.com.
Renze Hybrids: 800-634-2676, www.renzeseeds.com.
Rupp Seeds: 419-337-1841, www.ruppseeds.com.