How alfalfa growers maximize the agronomic and economic advantages of planting an alfalfa with bred-in StandFast traits on their farm:

  • Alfalfas with the StandFast traits will be best utilized by growers who have today’s alfalfa management “best practices” in place.
  • The improved standability trait will extend in field protection against yield loss from downed alfalfas starting the year of establishment. Harvest during the late bud stage is recommended to maximize economic yield. However, when timely harvest isn’t possible the bred-in trait is there helping to protect the crop.
  • The faster recovery trait does not express fully until the third crop of the seeding year if spring direct seeded or until the first crop of the first hay year if established under a nurse crop or fall seeded. The root and crown must become fully developed.
  • Best adapted to four or five cut harvest systems across the production zones where fall dormancy 3, 4 or 5 varieties are normally recommended.
  • Expect alfalfas with StandFast traits to reach harvest maturity 3 to 5 days ahead of current varieties of the same dormancy.
  • Equally well adapted to short, medium or medium-long rotations.
  • Expect the forage quality of alfalfas of the StandFast traits to be similar to conventional varieties at the same stage of maturity.
  • No observed soil type limitations.
Growers who are “doing things right” can move up a rung or two on the high performance yield ladder.