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GrassLopata

FF 5020.FR Alfalfa

Fast recovery after cutting & later fall dormancy

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CHARACTERISTICS:

Overview:
Cutting System: 4-5
Fall Dormancy: 4.9
Winter Survival: 2.0
Total DRI: 30/30

Disease & Pest Control:
Phytophthora Root Rot: HR
Verticillium Wilt: HR
Anthracnose: HR
Bacterial Wilt: HR
Fusarium Wilt: HR
Aphanomyces Race 1: HR
Aphanomyces Race 2: NR
Pea Aphid: HR
Potato Leafhopper: NR
Stem Nematode: R

Characteristics:
Establishment: Fast
Persistence: High
Drought Tolerance: Med-High
Winter Hardiness: Med-High
Palatability: High
Yield Potential: High
Grazing Tolerance: Med

Resistance Ratings:

HR = Highly Resistant, 51% or more resistant plants
R = Resistant, 31 – 50% resistant plants
MR = Moderately Resistant, 15 – 30% resistant plants
LR = Low Resistance, 6 – 14% resistant plants
S = Susceptible, 0 – 5% resistant plants
NR = Not Rated

 

SEEDING:

Seeding Rate:
Alone (lbs./acre): 15-20
Mixes (lbs./acre): 8-10
Seeds/lb.: 227,000
Depth (in.): 1/4 (fine textured soil); 1/2 (sandy soil)

Planting Time:
Mar.-May; Aug.-Sept.
Emergence (days): 7-14
Life Cycle: Perennial

Adaptation:
Grows best on deep, well-drained, friable soil with pH 6.5-7.5.

Establishment:
Plant alfalfa seed in clean, smooth, firm seedbed with adequate moisture. Ensure good surface drainage. Do not seed as first crop on newly leveled land where fill may settle and cause poor surface drainage. A combination drill and packer is desirable. Cultipack soil before and after seeding to help stand establishment.

Spring seeding can occur 30 days before last killing frost. Late summer-sown alfalfa seed can also be successful. Allow for adequate growth prior to first killing frost.

 

MANAGEMENT:

Rotational Grazing:

Graze early bloom (1/4 in. bloom) to 2 in. Potential bloat hazard. Use caution when grazing. Alfalfa best withstands grazing if rotated frequently or grazed in small strips.

Hay or Haylage Harvest:

Cut early bloom; last cutting should be 3-4 wks. before first killing frost.

Masterline

Ratings

Scale 1-9, where 9 = best or most pronounced

Phytophthora Root Rot
Verticillium Wilt
Anthracnose
Fusarium Wilt
Aphanomyces Race 1
Pea Aphid
Stem Nematode
  • Fast recovery after cutting & later fall dormancy
  • Excellent forage yield potential combined with excellent winter hardiness
  • Resistance to several important alfalfa pests including pea aphids & stem nematode