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In its effort to continually deliver innovative forage seed options to its customers, La Crosse Seed has launched the Summer SelectTM family of summer annual products. The company has partnered with top breeders to acquire what it believes to be the best genetics and most versatile summer annual portfolio available to the U.S. producer. The new lineup features products with advantages including greater digestibility, disease resistance and more.

Many varieties within the Summer Select portfolio include the BMR6 brown mid-rib trait, which denotes improved digestibility and higher energy forage. Also within the lineup are varieties that include the brachytic dwarf trait, which assures greater leaf-to-stem ratio and improved standability.

“As a trusted resource, it is important we consistently evaluate available genetics and arm our dealers and producers with tools needed to succeed,” said Chris McCracken, director of business development at La Crosse Seed.

An increasingly popular option within the Summer Select family is the BMR pearl millet (PM Hercules BMR BD), a multi-cut summer annual with many advantages including:

· Faster emergence and regrowth.

· Brachytic dwarf structure for improved standability and management.

· Dry stalk technology for improved drying time.

· Flexibility to handle a larger range of soil types than sorghum-sudangrass.

· No prussic acid or sugarcane aphid concerns.

“It is the feeling of many forage specialists that the latest genetics of the BMR pearl millet will replace many acres of sorghum-sudangrass,” said McCracken.

In addition to pearl millet, other available species through La Crosse Seed’s Summer Select portfolio include forage sorghum, sorghum-sudangrass and teff grass.

More information on Summer Select products can be found at

About La Crosse Seed

La Crosse Seed has paired an unmatched portfolio of high quality forage, turf and cover crop seed with knowledgeable and experienced sales and support staff since 1947. Please call (800) 328-1909 or visit to learn more about its products and services or to find a Regional Sales Manager.