Dairyland Seed Introduces Third-Generation Alfalfa Hybrid

July 9, 2013 04:18 AM

Source: Dairyland Seed

The company that brought the first hybrid alfalfa to the industry in 2001 and announced its second generation in 2009, announced this week the launch of the next generation:
HybriForce-3400 GEN-3.

It will be available from Dairyland Seed beginning this summer. The HybriForce-3400 GEN-3 hybrid alfalfa offers even greater yield performance across all types of cutting management programs, while still providing the increased uniformity and palatability producers have experienced with the first and second generations.

According to Tim Clark, forage product manager for Dairyland Seed, HybriForce-3400 GEN-3 is entering the marketplace more extensively tested than any other alfalfa variety in history, and the results confirm HybriForce-3400 out yields the competition.

Clark says GEN-3 has been tested in 21 university state trials in seven states, showing a 12.3% yield advantage against competitive alfalfas in head-to-head comparisons. Additionally, GEN-3 has been tested against hundreds of varieties in Dairyland Seed’s proprietary testing program.

These data show HybriForce-3400 GEN-3 provides a 5% bump in yield over GEN-2, and Dairyland Seed HybriForce alfalfas have won 90% of trials against competitor varieties.

Developed with the same patented msSunstra™ hybrid alfalfa technology as HybriForce-400 and
-2400, HybriForce-3400 maintains the hybrid yield of those elite lines all the way through to commercialization by controlling pollination. This is in comparison to traditional approaches to alfalfa breeding, which suffer from random pollination and inbreeding with each stage of commercial seed increase.

Research has shown that HybriForce-3400 hybrid alfalfa performs well in both wet and dry years, through extreme winter conditions and in multiple cutting regimens. GEN-3 maintains the uniformity, palatability, and outstanding leaf-to-stem ratio dairy producers have come to expect from HybriForce products.

"Even when cutting was delayed, HybriForce-3400 showed similar relative feed value and relative forage quality, with higher yields resulting in improved milk per acre compared to other commercial varieties," says Clark. "With its uniformly fine stems, GEN-3 should also pack and store better in silos, resulting in better forage quality at feeding time, more palatability and less feed waste in the bunk."

For more information, go to www.dairylandseed.com.

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