Manure-tolerant alfalfa

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While it is not uncommon for producers to use alfalfa fields for manure disposal during the growing season, some varieties tolerate this practice better than others. Salt burn and palatability problems, as well as wheel-traffic damage, are common problems with mid-season manure applications.

   New genetics developed by America’s Alfalfa withstand mid-season manure applications and have earned the label of manure-tolerant. Research shows that this alfalfa had 14 percent higher yields and increased stand persistence by 18 percent over non-tolerant varieties. The company has a patent pending for this technology, and is working on a line of varieties that feature the manure tolerance trait. The first variety in the line, AmeriStand 403T, has just been introduced.

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