TA Seeds Alfalfa

In 2017 we’re offering eight outstanding alfalfa seed choices. Alfalfa is an important part of many rotations, and this year we have excellent high yield alfalfa seeds with disease resistance and moisture tolerance traits. We also have some economy seed options.

Compare characteristics to determine what alfalfa would be best for the conditions on your operation. If you’d like help selecting the right alfalfa seed for the soil and climate at your operation, please call T.A. SEEDS. Talk to one of our Zone Support Managers  or send us an e-mail.

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Take a Look at our 2017 Alfalfa Varieties:

CRAVE: #1 Winner in University Trials

Crave is an outstanding high-forage yielding alfalfa. It is a multi-leaf, high-forage plant type. Crave has high resistance to the six major diseases along with resistance to Aphanomyces Root Rot Race 2. This gives Crave a 34/35 DRI.

Crave has the whole package plus verified yields to match. Crave outperformed 40 other alfalfas in the Ithaca, NY trial, scoring a 1st place. Crave is our #1 alfalfa choice.

More excellent characteristics of Crave include:

  • Early seedling growth is excellent.
  • Drought stress is excellent.
  • Growth habit is upright.
  • Recovery after harvest is very fast.
  • Wheel traffic tolerance is very good.
  • Plant color is very dark green.

Coated, Pre-inoculated and treated for your convenience.
Sold in 50 lb bags.

Crave Characteristics
FD 3.9
WH 1.5
DRI 34
Anthracnose Leaf/Stalk HR
Aphanomyces HR
Bacter Wilt HR
Fuserium Wilt HR
Phytophthora Root Rot HR
Verticillium Wilt HR

SENECA: Forage-Yield Leader

Seneca is a forage yield leader with an outstanding disease, drought stress, and nematode resistance. Seneca exhibits high relative forage quality and improved digestibility, which will produce bountiful dairy quality forage for demanding dairy operations.

Seneca expresses high resistance to the seven major diseases that attack alfalfa with a fast recovery and excellent persistence.

Seneca is pre-inoculated and treated for your convenience.
Sold in 50 lb bags

Seneca Characteristics
FD 4
WH 1.4
DRI 34
Anthracnose Leaf/Stalk HR
Aphanomyces HR
Bacter Wilt HR
Fuserium Wilt HR
Phytophthora Root Rot HR
Verticillium Wilt HR

WINCHESTER: Deep Crown, Traffic Tolerant

Winchester has an outstanding yield of high quality forage over the entire season. It has a high resistance to six major diseases with DRI rating of 30.

Winchester has a very fast recovery after cutting with a deep crown and a high tolerance to wheel traffic.

Winchester is the next generation alfalfa with a fall dormancy of 5.0 and a winter hardiness of 2.1.

Pre-inoculated and treated for your convenience
Sold in 50 lb bags

Winchester Characteristics
FD 5.0
WH 2.1
DRI 30
Anthracnose Leaf/Stalk HR
Aphanomyces HR
Bacter Wilt HR
Fuserium Wilt HR
Phytophthora Root Rot HR
Verticillium Wilt HR

FF 4319.A2 RR: Newest Alfalfa Genetics

FF 4319.A2 RR is the latest in new alfalfa genetics.

FF 4319.A2 RR combines high resistance to Aphanomyces Race 2 and Roundup Ready Technology.

This alfalfa performs well over a wide range of environmental conditions and offers very high yield potential where 3 and 4 fall dormancy varieties are seeded.

Coated, pre-inoculated and treated for your convenience.
Sold in 50 lb bags

FF 4319.A2 RR Characteristics
FD 4.3
WH 1.9
DRI 35
Anthracnose Leaf/Stalk HR
Aphanomyces HR
Bacter Wilt HR
Fuserium Wilt HR
Phytophthora Root Rot HR
Verticillium Wilt HR

ReNEW BRANCH ROOT ALFALFA: Largest Root System

ReNew features the branch root trait in combination with high resistance to the pathogens that inhabit wet soils.

ReNew’s root system is designed to keep more of it above the water table and better secures the plant in the ground when freezing and thawing occurs.

This plant will adjust as moisture stresses intensify and will produce high forage yields in both poor and well-drained soils.

Coated and pre-inoculated and treated for your convenience
Sold in 50 lb bags

ReNew Characteristics
FD 3.9
WH 1.7
DRI 30
Anthracnose Leaf/Stalk HR
Aphanomyces HR
Bacter Wilt HR
Fuserium Wilt HR
Phytophthora Root Rot HR
Verticillium Wilt HR

REPEL III: Leaf Hopper Resistant

Repel is the next generation potato leaf hopper resistant brand. Selection was made for forage yield, persistence, and multiple disease resistance.

University of Wisconsin testing shows that the glandular haired (GH) types had relative feed value and protein content similar to the best improved quality cultivars when there was no PLH damage.

The new resistant brands show a 2-3 point higher protein content than susceptible checks.

Coated, Pre-inoculated and treated for your convenience; also available as untreated.
Sold in 50 lb bags

Repel III Characteristics
FD 4
WH
DRI 30
Anthracnose Leaf/Stalk HR
Aphanomyces HR
Bacter Wilt HR
Fuserium Wilt HR
Phytophthora Root Rot HR
Verticillium Wilt HR

TED's PREMIUM ALFALFA BLEND: Value Priced

TED’s Blend is another option for the hay and dairy producer. This blend of premium alfalfa brand is a good choice if you plan to rotate within a couple of years or if you’re looking for an inexpensive choice.

This blend offers a DRI of 26 of 30.

Coated and pre-inoculated, and treated for your convenience.
Sold in 50 lb bags

Ted’s Blend Characteristics
FD 3.7
WH
DRI 26
Anthracnose Leaf/Stalk HR
Aphanomyces HR
Bacter Wilt HR
Fuserium Wilt HR
Phytophthora Root Rot HR
Verticillium Wilt HR

ECONOMY BLEND

Economy Blend is a bend of alfalfas for the cost-conscious producer.

This affordable blend contains VNS alfalfas that are suited for short term rotations or as an add-in for pasture mixtures.

Coated, pre-inoculated and treated for your convenience.
Sold in 50 lb bags

Economy Blend Characteristics
FD 3
WH
DRI
Anthracnose Leaf/Stalk HR
Aphanomyces HR
Bacter Wilt HR
Fuserium Wilt HR
Phytophthora Root Rot HR
Verticillium Wilt HR

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Wondering when to rotate away from Alfalfa?

Look at Yield Potential of the Stand. Check Stem Density, not Plant Density.

Plant density is a poor estimator of yield potential because an individual plant may have few shoots and contribute little to the yield. Stem density is the best estimator of yield potential.

  • If stand has more than 55 stems/sq.ft., potential yield will be same as prior year.
  • If stand has 40-55 stems/sq.ft., some yield reduction may be expected, but if plants are in good health, potential yield may be same as prior year.
  • If stand has less than 39 stems/sq.ft., consider replacing stand, although if plants are in good health, potential yield may be same as prior year.

NOTE:
If more than 30% of crowns and roots have significant discoloration, then yield potential is less.
New seedlings should have at least 25-30 plants per square foot the seeding year.