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2000 Alfalfa Variety Trial Results

Robert Kallenbach, Dan England, Matt Massie, and Greg Bishop-Hurley
University of Missouri - Department of Agronomy and Southwest Research & Education Center

Growing Conditions Statewide for 2000

Statewide, alfalfa yields in 2000 were above average, although a late summer drought meant that a fifth cutting was not possible in southern Missouri. There was little winter-kill during 1999-2000 because winter temperatures were moderate. Alfalfa weevil populations were about average and potato leafhopper damage was a problem again. Potato leafhoppers yellowed and severely stunted an estimated 250,000 acres of alfalfa in Missouri this year. In addition, there were several reports of blister beetles, aphids, and web worms causing damage. The incidence of disease was normal this year.

South Farm Trial

Twenty-four alfalfa cultivars were planted on April 6, 2000. All varieties were broadcast seeded at 12.5 pounds (pure live seed) per acre. The soil type is a Moniteau silt loam. Pre-plant soil tests did not recommend the addition of any fertilizer. Individual plots are 15 ft. by 30 ft. The trial is not irrigated.

Dry weather after planting delayed the first harvest until 14 July. Only two cuttings were possible during this establishment year. Forage yields were taken from a 3-ft. x 30-ft. strip in each plot using a flail type mower. Sub-samples from each plot were analyzed for moisture content. The experimental design is a randomized complete block with four replications.

Information Access

University of Missouri South Farm, Boone County, near Columbia, MO
Seeded April 2000, 15' X 30', RCBD with four replicates

  ----- Tons Dry Matter/Acre -----
Abilene + ZAmerica's Alfalfa1.993.495.47
WL 324W-L Research2.033.405.43
ABT 350AgriBio Tech1.983.435.41
Cimarron SRGreat Plains1.863.515.37
Dagger + EVAgriPro1.773.565.33
ABT 400 SCLAgriBio Tech1.973.355.32
HaygrazerGreat Plains1.863.335.19
TMF 4464Mycogen Seeds2.033.165.19
WL 327W-L Research1.973.225.18
5347LHPioneer Hi-Bred1.863.285.14
WL 326 GZW-L Research1.753.345.09
WL 232 HQW-L Research1.843.225.06
AmeriGraze 401 + ZAmerica's Alfalfa1.973.095.06
Depend + EVAgriPro1.923.125.05
Affinity + ZAmerica's Alfalfa2.013.035.04
Feast + EVAgriPro1.883.094.97
WL 325 HQW-L Research1.743.224.96
54H69Pioneer Hi-Bred1.853.094.94
TMF 4355 LHMycogen Seeds1.783.144.92
53Q60Pioneer Hi-Bred1.893.034.92
Mean 1.893.215.10
LSD (0.05) 0.360.420.48
CV % 13.709.266.70
MCV 10.596.193.19
LSR 30.7224.1121.38

* Mean and statistical values include data from one experimental variety not shown.

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