Set Your Alfalfa Goals

A successful alfalfa-growing season starts with setting goals and making a plan to meet them: Define your business objectives based on the market(s) you serve, establish your yield and quality goals, and solidify your alfalfa-management plan accordingly.
As dairy prices shift and the high-quality alfalfa hay market continues to be strong, you may be primarily focused on yield right now. Targeted applications of nutrients, weed control, insecticide and perhaps fungicide will put you on the right path.

But don’t overlook your quality goals, which can be just as important — if not more so — depending on the operations or market(s) you supply. You now have more new alfalfa seed technologies than ever to help you meet your goals.
To add value, consider introducing a new alfalfa seed technology, such as genetically enhanced, reduced-lignin HarvXtra® Alfalfa with Roundup Ready® Technology. Designed to give you the ability to better manage the yield-versus-quality trade-off, HarvXtra® Alfalfa gives you the option to choose to maintain your current harvest schedule for higher-quality forage or delay harvest by as much as 7 to 10 days for increase tonnage without sacrificing acceptable forage quality.
Whether you’re an alfalfa producer in the Southwest with nondormant stands or a short-season grower with two to three cuts, controlling weeds is imperative. A base weed control system that uses glyphosate with Roundup Ready® Alfalfa gives you a competitive advantage at establishment and in-crop, increasing both quality and yield potential.
Remember, growing alfalfa is a marathon, not a sprint. Keep your eye on your goals and talk with your W-L Alfalfas retailer about how newer technologies can help you meet them.
Privacy and Terms

For the 2020 growing seasons, growers must direct any product produced from HarvXtra® Alfalfa with Roundup Ready® Technology seed or crops (including hay and hay products) only to US domestic use. It is a violation of national and international law to move material containing biotech traits across boundaries into nations where import is not permitted. Growers should talk to their product purchaser to confirm their buying position for this product.

Due to factors outside of Forage Genetics International’s (FGI) control, such as weather, crop production patterns, and other factors, results to be obtained, including but not limited to yields or financial performance, cannot be predicted or guaranteed by FGI. Results are based upon FGI controlled tests and field trials and public trials. Results may vary.

ALWAYS READ AND FOLLOW PESTICIDE LABEL DIRECTIONS. Roundup Ready® crops contain genes that confer tolerance to glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup® brand agricultural herbicides. Roundup® brand agricultural herbicides will kill crops that are not tolerant to glyphosate. Roundup Ready® and Roundup® are trademarks of Monsanto Technology LLC, used under license by Forage Genetics International, LLC. HarvXtra® is a registered trademark of Forage Genetics International, LLC. HarvXtra® Alfalfa with Roundup Ready® Technology is enabled with Technology from The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation, Inc.