Research shows low-lignin alfalfa can increase profitability on dairy farms. Next year, farmers east of the Rocky Mountains will have the opportunity to find out for themselves. HarvXtra™ Alfalfa with Roundup Ready® technology will be released in limited supply for the 2016 growing season.
Allison Foxx, marketing manager for FGI, says that HarvXtra™ Alfalfa with Roundup Ready® Technology is the industry’s first genetically enhanced alfalfa technology. Not only does lower lignin alfalfa increase profitability for dairy producers but it also provides hay growers another way to manage their farms according to Reisen. He says growers are able to push their crop to produce higher tonnage without forfeiting quality.
Where Can You Find Seed?
In 2016, a limited supply of HarvXtra™ alfalfa with Roundup Ready® Technology available for sale and planting east of the Rockies. Growers with access to Genuity Roundup Ready® alfalfa seed will likely have access to it. The limited supply is due to the timing of government approvals and seed production.
“This year they are only selling one blend of the reduced lignin alfalfa,” says Dan Undersaunder of University of Wisconsin Madison. “One blend is being sold by all marketers.”
Foxx confirmed, “In the first year, companies will be marketing the same HarvXtra™ alfalfa with Roundup Ready® Technology seed. The product will be representative of varieties that will be available by brand in 2017 and beyond.”
Not in the West
A significant portion of the alfalfa grown in the Western U.S. is sold on the export market. Although applications for import permit of the HarvXtra™ trait have been submitted and approval is pending in key export countries. Farmers who live in Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, New Mexico, Idaho, Nevada, Utah, Washington, Oregon or California won’t be able to purchase HarvXtra™ alfalfa seed in 2016.