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Conditioning in reduced-lignin alfalfa

March 31, 2020 Genetically modified, reduced-lignin alfalfa is a significant game changer for alfalfa growers. It allows either higher-quality alfalfa to be harvested or delayed harvest with equal quality but higher yield. Read more

But we want it now: Gene discovery and utilization in alfalfa breeding

March 2, 2020 In 2019, there were an estimated 19.5 million alfalfa acres in production distributed from coast to coast. Read more

Safeguard your alfalfa stands

March 2, 2020 Weather patterns in central and northern Wisconsin were especially challenging to alfalfa stands during the winter and spring of 2018-19. Several winter rain events on already-saturated soils, lack of snow cover during the coldest part of winter and ice conditions in much of the Upper Midwest...

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Can we find the genetic markers for alfalfa yield?

January 28, 2020 Cultivars of many forage crops (alfalfa, white clover, tall fescue, orchardgrass, etc.) are not inbred lines or hybrids but, rather, populations. Thus, while every seed in a bag of wheat, soybean or corn is genetically identical, every seed in an alfalfa seed bag is genetically different. Read more

Controlling what you can

January 28, 2020 Every year in the Midwest, alfalfa fields are at risk for winter damage or kill due to extended cold temperatures and ice sheeting. Having the ability to evaluate your alfalfa fields for injury in early spring can ultimately jump-start crop rotation decisions. Read more

Mountain hay

January 28, 2020 The conventional wisdom about cultivated, irrigated forages is that they have more than enough protein for ruminants but are too high in fiber and too low in energy to meet the needs of fattening calves or high-producing dairy cows. Read more