Hi-Ton® High-yield Alfalfa – Fast Recovery for More Tonnage
- Maximize productive harvests and total seasonal yield
- Maximize milk/meat per ton and per acre
- Maximize heat units and conserve soil moisture for crop growth
Hi-Ton® Performance Alfalfa
There are four Alforex alfalfa varieties that have earned the Hi-Ton® designation. These varieties are AFX 779, AFX 579, AFX 469, and AFX 429. Each has exceeded the yield of peer experimentals, and commercial alfalfa varieties by 5% in Alforex Seeds replicated testing, the minimum threshold for Hi-Ton® alfalfa. Alforex alfalfa varieties carrying the Hi-Ton® designation are the first choice for the aggressive manager pushing their alfalfa acres to maximize seasonal dry matter yield.
When alfalfa fields are green and growing they are generating extra yield. Faster recovery after harvest speeds green-up by 3 to 5 days and therefore, shortens the days to harvest maturity and the next cutting. This faster growth starts with the first crop and continues with each cut taken before the fall cutoff. Consequently, more of the season’s total yield is harvested at mid-summer when heat units are at their peak and weather can be more cooperative.
To carry the FastGrowth rating, Hi-Ton performance alfalfa varieties must average at least 2 cm of growth per day starting with spring green-up. Most commercial varieties range from 1.5 to 1.9 cm per day. As you can imagine, FastGrowth varieties have a performance advantage in the field.
- Grow up to 30% faster than conventional alfalfas
- Increase the number of productive harvests each season
- Provide bigger second, third and fourth crops
- Enable a quicker harvest of the first crop
- Shorten harvest intervals by three to five days
- Suppress weeds
Hi-Ton growth ratings are calculated by Alforex Seeds from weekly measurement of varieties grown side-by-side from green-up to harvest through the growing season. Expressed as average centimeters growth per day. All measurements were conducted at the Corteva research farm in West Salem, WI.