Baralfa X42 Hybrid Alfalfa with the msSunstra technology is designed to provide more tons of forage with consistent forage quality. With it’s fine stems, the NDF of Baralfa X42 hybrid alfalfa has better digestibility than traditional alfalfa leading to a greater portion of rumen digestible energy from fiber which improves rumen function. The fine stems also contribute to faster dry down, dense stands and less wasted forage. Fall dormancy 4 with a very winter hardy score of 1.8. Disease rating index 30/30.
Coated with Yellow Jacket Enhanced seed coating which contains ZEBA, a compound which draws moisture to the seed to help with quick germination and stand establishment.
Suggested seeding rates: Seed 18-22 lbs/acre alone, 6-15 lbs/acre in a mixed stand.
Approx. seeds/lb.: 227,000
Seeding depth: Seed ¼” to ½” deep in a firm, moist seedbed.
Ave. Emergence time (days): 7
Preferred soils: Well-drained soils with balanced fertility and a pH of 6.8 to 7.0. Fields should be free of perennial weeds and any herbicide carryover. Fields should not have been in alfalfa in the previous year to avoid any alfalfa autotoxicity problems.
Management suggestions: Use 25-30 units of N at seeding on coarse textured soils with low organic matter, 20-35 lbs N/acre if seeded with a companion crop and 40-55 lbs N/acre if companion will be harvested as silage. May be planted in spring or late summer. More specific recommendations for planting, growing, fertilizing and harvesting are available upon request.