FAQ

What is the status of Roundup Ready® alfalfa?

America’s Alfalfa® is selling the only Traffic Tested® Genuity® Roundup Ready® seed on the market with many varieties to choose from.

What has been grower experiences with Genuity® Roundup Ready® alfalfa?

The stand life of all Traffic Tested® alfalfa genetics is optimized by the deep crowns and fast recovery after harvest in each seed. Some growers have had RRA fields for over five years and they still produce top quality hay, every time they cut it.

What is required to grow Genuity® Roundup Ready® alfalfa and/or HarvXtra® Alfalfa with Roundup Ready® Technology?

Growers must have signed the Monsanto Technology Stewardship Agreement in 2010 or later and have a registered MTSA number. To register for a MTSA number and sign the agreement, click here.  

What is the difference between HarvXtra®  Alfalfa and alfalfa varieties selected for improved forage quality via conventional breeding?

HarvXtra®  alfalfa is a biotech derived trait that uses Genetically Enhanced (GE) technology for gene suppression to “re-wire” the process that alfalfa plants use to make lignin – changing both lignin content and lignin composition. This approach was adopted as part of a long-term research effort by the Consortium for Alfalfa Improvement to use modern biotechnology to make improvements in alfalfa forage quality not possible through conventional breeding.  Click here to learn more.

What options do you offer for organic hay production?  

While we don’t offer varieties grown under organic seed production, we do offer seed treatments that are OMRI approved.  Apex™ Green is a new 34% seed coating option that meets organic standards.  We offer Apex™ Green seed treatment on several of our varieties including AmeriStand 419LH Brand, AmeriStand 427TQ and AmeriStand 445NT.

What does the “T” in the variety names stand for?

The “T” indicates the variety is Traffic Tested®. The proof is in the name, AmeriStand 403T Plus and AmeriStand 407 TQ are named for their ability to withstand traffic from grazing, equipment and even manure applications. Choose America’s Alfalfa durable, Traffic Tested® varieties because they can outperform and out-yield over the life of your alfalfa stand. America’s Alfalfa® Traffic Tested® varieties are bred to yield under pressure. Click here for more information on Traffic Tested®.  

What does the “Q” in the variety names mean?

The “Q” stands for Quality. AmeriStand 427TQ and AmeriStand 455TQ RR were selected for the high quality and top tonnage performance demanded by today’s growers.

What does the “LH” in the variety name designate?

The "LH” indicates Potato Leafhopper Resistance. Unlike potato leafhopper yellowing resistance, AmeriStand 419LH Brand has enhanced glandular hair expression on the stem and leaf that offer high resistance to leafhoppers.

What does the “N” in the variety names stand for?

The “N” stands for Nematode Resistance. America’s Alfalfa varieties like AmeriStand 445NT, AmeriStand 415NT RR and AmeriStand 715NT RR are bred to resist nematode resistance with fast recovery and top yields.

What does the “S” in the variety names mean?

The “S” stands for Saline Tolerance.  AmeriStand 835NTS RR, AmeriStand 901TS and AmeriStand 915TS RR are the best salt tolerant, Traffic Tested® alfalfas available. Salinity is a threat to crop yields, especially alfalfa under irrigation. Salinity reduces yield and accelerates stand decline. Planting a variety proven to tolerate salt is a key best management practice.

I feed alfalfa hay to my dairy herd – is there a variety suited to their demanding nutritional needs?

AmeriStand 427TQ is a high quality, Traffic Tested® ideal for dairy production. This variety is selected for superior forage quality through the combined use of in vitro and NIR testing.

Does America’s Alfalfa cost more than other brands?

The cost per bag for America’s Alfalfa® reflects the value in investing in seed bred for increased quality, yield and stand persistence along with strong marketing and customer support.

What are the advantages to a late Summer seeding?

When you seed America’s Alfalfa® varieties 6 weeks before a killing frost, your stand has time to establish for a full season of growth next spring. You can expect:

  • As many as two extra cuttings next season
  • Less weed pressure and lower herbicide costs
  • Reduced erosion this winter
  • More time for other chores next spring

I live in the southeast U.S., are there advantages to interseeding alfalfa into my existing Bermudagrass pastures?

Yes, the University of Georgia Forage Team has demonstrated successful on-farm management with many Bermudagrass hay producers already experiencing the benefits of this management strategy.  Visit www.gotbermudagrass.com for more information.