Developing the first hybrid alfalfa was no accident; we went out into the fields and asked growers what they needed. We have continued to improve our alfalfa products, and we plan to keep improving for years to come.
Dairyland Seed is home to the largest alfalfa testing program in the world, as we harvest nearly 80,000 research plot trials each year. This extensive testing program is just one component used in the identification of hybrid alfalfa crosses that improve genetic yield.
Why doesn’t any other company harvest as many trials as we do? It’s because Dairyland Seed is the only company in the world that develops alfalfa hybrids. Our patented msSunstra™ hybrid alfalfa breeding system has revolutionized the alfalfa seed industry, and alfalfa growers worldwide are now seeing the yield benefits as a result of the only alfalfa yield-gain technology available today. Using this breeding system, our alfalfa breeders are able to control pollination throughout the entire seed production process, which means our alfalfa hybrids arrive at the farm as first-generation seed instead of third or fourth.
Why does hybrid alfalfa yield more? It’s simple: Our first-generation hybrid seed has not suffered from random pollination and inbreeding depression that occurs during non-hybrid seed increases. We capture maximum hybrid vigor that others simply cannot replicate
The new science of alfalfa yield continues to progress with the recent release of HybriForce-3400 GEN-3 Hybrid Alfalfa. And the pace of progress with our alfalfa breeding program is accelerating! A mere four years after the launch of HybriForce-2400 (our first GEN-2 hybrid), the first GEN-3 hybrid was released. HybriForce-3400 represents another big step forward in yield, as it shows an additional 5% yield advantage over HybriForce-2400 in our trials. In addition, it continues to put on more yield without sacrificing quality, well beyond a 28-day cutting regimen.