USDA Authorizes Genuity® Roundup Ready® Alfalfa for Spring Planting
Today, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) allowed DEKALB® Genuity® Roundup Ready® Alfalfa for planting, announcing its decision of "deregulation without conditions." For the first time since 2007, farmers will have the choice to plant the crop. DEKALB® Genuity® Roundup Ready Alfalfa is now available for distribution and sale again. (source : Monsanto Company)
What a ride this has been! As we look forward to the 2011 spring planting season for alfalfa, we now have an option for weed control without giving up yield, quality and persistence.
Most years we struggle to control weeds in alfalfa during its dormancy period with products like metribuzin. It seems by the time the snow has lifted, the alfalfa has broke dormancy and given the chickweed and perennials a chance to grow in competition with the alfalfa. In the past this has left us with limited options on in season weed control.
Roundup Ready alfalfa does not have a fit for everyone, especially those who require or need a grass companion crop. In this case there are options for great alfalfa depending on the needs of the grower. Whether it be a heavy cutting schedule, insect control or a 2-3 cutting a year schedule their are specific alfalfa's that have a fit for most needs. If your having trouble finding that right fit, give me a call and we can find a solution.