This item has been supplied by a forage marketer and has not been edited, verified or endorsed by Hay & Forage Grower.The forage industry’s first genetically enhanced, reduced-lignin alfalfa trait, known as HarvXtra® Alfalfa, developed to maximize quality by reducing the amount of lignin in the plant, has been deregulated by authorities in Argentina, making it the third country to deregulate the product following the United States and Canada.
HarvXtra® Alfalfa is the most advanced alfalfa trait in the industry, giving farmers flexibility. It does this by modifying the amount of lignin in the alfalfa plant beyond what is possible with conventional alfalfa breeding. This gives farmers the ability to maintain harvest for higher-quality forage or delay harvest to maximize yield potential without sacrificing quality.
This breakthrough technology was designed to ease the “yield-versus-quality” trade-off currently faced by alfalfa producers by improving forage quality over a longer period. This provides farmers with greater flexibility and a wider cutting window.
“The HarvXtra® Alfalfa trait brings something truly unique to the industry” said Shawn Barnett, president, Forage Genetics International (FGI). “While past and current efforts to improve the quality of alfalfa exist, this trait technology is the only advancement in alfalfa that truly moves the bar. We partnered with Bioceres, a leading Argentine provider of crop productivity solutions, to help deregulate the product and we are excited to bring it to Argentina.”
Owned by some of the largest farm operators and agro-industrial companies in Argentina, Bioceres partners with global technology leaders to develop, deregulate and bring to market high-impact agricultural inputs. “Alfalfa farmers in Argentina will finally have the possibility to enter into the biotech age.” said Federico Trucco, the group’s CEO.
Just as in the U.S., HarvXtra® Alfalfa will be sold in a trait stack with Roundup Ready® Technology. In addition to the improved quality and harvest flexibility benefits of HarvXtra® Alfalfa, Roundup Ready® Technology delivers unsurpassed weed control, which provides better stand establishment, excellent crop safety and easier crop management.
HarvXtra® Alfalfa with Roundup Ready® Technology will be offered to farmers in Argentina for planting in 2019.
About Forage Genetics International
For the past 27 years, Forage Genetics International (FGI) has led the forage industry with innovative genetic discoveries, variety developments and cutting-edge product introductions. FGI’s relentless drive for improved forage production is behind their unprecedented advancements. As the industry’s leading provider of forage solutions, FGI breeds, develops and produces premier alfalfa seed. The highly experienced staff delivers packaging, distribution and training services to complement the premium product offerings — all customized to meet the varied needs of our customers. For more information, visit www.foragegenetics.com.
About Bioceres S.A.
Bioceres S.A. is a fully-integrated provider of crop productivity solutions, including seeds, seed traits, seed treatments, biologicals, high-value adjuvants and micro-beaded fertilizers. The company is globally known for having developed and de-regulated the first drought tolerant soybean seeds. Bioceres’ headquarters and primary operations are based in Argentina, which is its key end-market as well as one of the largest markets globally for genetically modified crops.
HarvXtra® is a registered trademark of Forage Genetics International, LLC. Roundup Ready® is a registered trademark of Monsanto Technology LLC, used under license by Forage Genetics International, LLC. Export and planting restrictions apply.