America’s largest new variety research program – powered by Dow AgroSciences

Our name may be new, so you might be surprised to learn that our forage research legacy spans more than 100 years. With Alforex Seeds, Dow AgroSciences has united its global forage research network with U.S.-based resources Cal/West Seeds and Dairyland Seed. The result is an unequaled research and development powerhouse that delivers leading-edge genetics and technologies in alfalfa and forages. Highlights of the R&D heritage include:

Breakthrough Innovations

rd-2_03The companies that form the foundation of Alforex Seeds (Dow AgroSciences, Dairyland Seed, Cal/West Seeds, Producer’s Choice) can lay claim to many breakthrough innovations, including:

Testing & Breeding

rd-2_10Alforex operates the largest alfalfa testing program in the world. Alforex breeders harvest nearly 80,000 research plot trials each year. Such testing is just one component used in identifying varieties that improve yield and nutritional characteristics. Biotech and conventional plant breeding capabilities enable Alforex to focus on refining varieties for more yield, higher quality and increased resistance to stress and pests.

Technology of Tomorrow

rd-2_12Alforex scientists introduced Hi-Gest hybrid sudangrass, with reduced lignin and improved fiber digestibility. That’s just one example of how advanced genetics and precision breeding result in robust varieties and products that handle today’s aggressive management and on-farm expectations. Our exclusive technology licensing agreements further extend our capabilities and enable Alforex to deliver highly specialized products that fit unique growing situations. We’re continually working to bring you products with benefits like salinity tolerance and stress tolerance while pursuing varieties that hold the promise of more yield and better digestibility — all to keep you competitive today and tomorrow.

Creation of Hybrid Alfalfa

rd-2_14The Alforex research legacy includes an investment of more than 20 years to unlock the secret of hybrid alfalfa. The work paid off with the release of the world’s first alfalfa hybrid in 2001. With the patented msSunstraTM breeding system, a breeder can control pollination through the seed production process, resulting in hybrid alfalfas that:

  • Show an 8 percent to 15 percent yield advantage over synthetics in university trials
  • Recover faster after cutting
  • Demonstrate better resiliency
  • Provide improved forage quality with reduced risk of stand loss