The 2018 edition of the “Alfalfa Variety Ratings - Winter Survival, Fall Dormancy & Pest Resistant Ratings for Alfalfa Varieties” is now available.
The publication, which is a useful tool for hay and dairy farmers, extension specialists, agri-business personnel or anyone involved in the production of alfalfa, is prepared by the National Alfalfa & Forage Alliance.
The publication provides an extensive listing of alfalfa varieties and their corresponding ratings for fall dormancy, winter survival, bacterial wilt, aphanomyces, leafhopper, and a host of other pests. The publication also includes other ratings such as grazing tolerance and standability. All varieties listed in the Alfalfa Variety Ratings publication can be purchased in the United States for the 2018 production year.
The 2018 edition of NAFA’s Alfalfa Variety Ratings features 181 alfalfa varieties from 23 marketers and has been verified with the Association of Official Seed Certifying Agencies (AOSCA) and the National Alfalfa Variety Review Board (NAVRB).
If you’d prefer an electronic option, try NAFA’s searchable, online Alfalfa Variety Ratings database where you can make the process of narrowing alfalfa varietal choices even easier. Available at http://alfalfa.org/varietyratings.php, NAFA’s searchable database allows you to search for varieties using up to 23 different parameters including variety name, marketer, fall dormancy, winter survival, disease resistance, and insect resistance just to name a few.
NAFA’s Alfalfa Variety Ratings publication is available by visiting NAFA’s website at http://www.alfalfa.org/ (low resolution print copies available to download free of charge; hard copies are available for a nominal fee of 50¢).