Alfalfa growers are used to choosing either yield or quality. With HarvXtra™ alfalfa, they can have both. HarvXtra™ technology gives farmers unprecedented control over the yield-versus-quality tradeoff with a more flexible cutting schedule.
Wider cutting windows mean improved quality or greater yield potential, compared to conventional alfalfa at the same stage of maturity. And HarvXtra™ alfalfa is stacked with Roundup Ready® technology, delivering increased yield potential with faster stand establishment and less competition from weeds or traditional cover crops. It isn’t just the most advanced alfalfa in the industry — it’s the biggest advancement in the field.
By reducing the amount of lignin in the plant, HarvXtra™ technology fundamentally changes the relationship between forage quality and stage of maturity. Less acid detergent lignin (ADL) and higher neutral detergent fiber digestibility (NDFD) can command a higher price per ton come harvest.
Multi year University of Wisconsin trials of conventional alfalfa have demonstrated a 15-20 percent forage yield advantage for three-cut versus four-cut management systems, at the expense of lower quality. HarvXtra™ alfalfa lets growers delay harvest for 7-10 days to increase tonnage without making that forage quality sacrifice. Fewer cuttings also have the added benefits of less stress on alfalfa stands and reduced harvest costs.
Genetically enhanced HarvXtra™ technology improves alfalfa beyond what is possible through conventional breeding techniques. Gene suppression rewires the way alfalfa plants make lignin. This changes both the lignin content and its composition, while maintaining the high-quality characteristics that matter most.
Forage Genetics International (FGI) and Monsanto are excited to announce that HarvXtra™ Alfalfa with Roundup Ready® Technology is available, in limited quantities and a limited geography, for sale and planting in 2016. HarvXtra™ Alfalfa is the industry’s first genetically enhanced alfalfa technology developed to maximize quality, giving growers the ability to better manage the yield-versus-quality tradeoff. VIEW FULL ARTICLE ›