Alfalfa, a plant of the pea family grown primarily for forage, especially as hay. It is one of the most useful and widely grown hay crops in the world.

Because of its high protein content, alfalfa is used as a food for almost all farm animals as hay, as silage, or as a temporary pasture crop. Because of its nitrogen-fixing properties, it is used in crop rotation to improve soil for other crops. When planted in combination with grasses, it helps prevent soil erosion. Alfalfa is also grown commercially for seed in arid or semiarid regions. Dehydrated alfalfa is ground into meal and used in feeding poultry and livestock. Indirectly, alfalfa is a source of honey, because bees gather substantial quantities of nectar from alfalfa flowers.


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At the 2018 AGM, Alberta alfalfa seed producers voted against pursuing a non-refundable levy option.

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Read about what’s going on - 2017 ASCA Summer News Letter

URMULE has approved the use of Serenade Opti (QST 713 strain of dried Bacillus subtilis), for suppression of Blossom Blight (Botrytis cinerea) on Alfalfa in Canada

Beleaf™ label expansion
On December 23, 2016 a (Category B) label expansion for Beleaf™ 50SG (flonicamid) was submitted to the Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA). Should the PMRA approve this use, alfalfa screenings treated with Beleaf™ 50SG could be used as feed and bedding. The review timelines for a Category B submission range from 158 to 470 days. A few additional months may be required to add this use to the label – suggesting that screenings could be used as feed or bedding at some point between the fall season of 2017 and the fall season of 2018. Screenings could be held in storage until this use is added to the label – and then sold afterwards.

November 2016:
FGI has released the following letter regarding GM Alfalfa.