Farm Progress is part of the Informa Markets Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them. Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 8860726.

Serving: IA

Alfalfa variety ratings available

TAGS: alfalfa seeds
Farm Progress Ruler measuring height of alfalfa in field
SEED SELECTION: Regardless of end use, most growers look for high yield, quality, pest resistance and a persistent stand when choosing alfalfa varieties.
Field trial results can help you select an alfalfa variety to best fit your needs.

The National Alfalfa & Forage Alliance has released the 2021 edition of its “Alfalfa Variety Ratings — Winter Survival, Fall Dormancy & Pest Resistant Ratings for Alfalfa Varieties.” The publication is  useful for hay and dairy farmers, Extension specialists, agribusiness personnel, or anyone involved in alfalfa production.     

NAFA’s publication provides an extensive listing of alfalfa varieties and their corresponding ratings for fall dormancy, winter survival, bacterial wilt, aphanomyces, leafhopper and other diseases and insect pests. It includes additional ratings such as grazing tolerance and standability to provide the information you need to make educated decisions about choosing alfalfa varieties to plant that will perform best in a given environment. All varieties listed in the guide can be purchased for the 2021 production year.

The 2021 edition of NAFA’s Alfalfa Variety Ratings features 178 alfalfa varieties from 16 marketers and has been verified with the Association of Official Seed Certifying Agencies and the National Alfalfa Variety Review Board.

Ratings available online

If you prefer an electronic option, try NAFA’s searchable online Alfalfa Variety Ratings database where you can make the process of narrowing alfalfa variety choices even easier. Available at, the database allows you to search for varieties using up to 23 different parameters. Those include variety name, marketer-seed company, and ratings for fall dormancy, winter survival, disease resistance and insect resistance.

NAFA has made finding the variety that best fits your farming operation and field needs as effortless as possible. The Alfalfa Variety Ratings publication is available on NAFA’s website at

Formed in 2006 NAFA is an organization of state and regional alfalfa seed and hay associations, genetic suppliers, seed marketers and allied industry members dedicated to promoting the interests of the nation's alfalfa, alfalfa seed and forage producers through education, research and advocacy.

Source: NAFA, which is solely responsible for the information provided and is wholly owned by the source. Informa Business Media and all its subsidiaries are not responsible for any of the content contained in this information asset.


Hide comments


  • Allowed HTML tags: <em> <strong> <blockquote> <br> <p>

Plain text

  • No HTML tags allowed.
  • Web page addresses and e-mail addresses turn into links automatically.
  • Lines and paragraphs break automatically.