Among seed genetics, alfalfa is a non-conformist. Due to biological limitations, achieving the genetic uniformity that occurs in corn, soybeans, wheat, etc. is not possible. Within each alfalfa variety, there is a range of performance for critical agronomic categories. As explained by Dave Miller, Alfalfa Research Director for Pioneer Hi-Bred, this is why ratings for disease and insect resistance, fall dormancy and winterkill are characterized in the context of average percentages–bag-by-bag, stand-by-stand, plot-by-plot.
Dave Miller on alfalfa genetics (5 min MP3)
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