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An alfalfa for the aggressive alfalfa manager whose goal is to maximize harvestable forage yield from each acre. A Standfast Fast Growth alfalfa for all Mid-Atlantic production zones where fall dormancy 3, 4, or 5 alfalfas are recommended. Fits 4 or 5 cut harvest management systems. Adapted to mixtures containing early maturing, cool season grasses. No known soil type or management limitations. Charger is tall and leafy with a medium dark green plant color.
A Fast Growth StandFast Alfalfa for the aggressive alfalfa manager to maximize each season's harvestable yield. A synthetic variety developed from the crossing of fast growing, tall European alfalfas onto elite fall dormancy 5 North American plants. Screened for persistence, high yield and forage quality. Charger reaches harvest maturity 3-5 days ahead of conventional dormant alfalfa varieties.
RELATIVE FORAGE QUALITY
MULTIFOLIOATE LEAF EXPRESSION
FALL DORMANCY - The reaction of alfalfa varieties to decreasing day length and temperatures in the fall versus check varieties. FD 1 Norseman, FD 2 Vernal, FD 3 Ranger, FD 4 Saranac, FD 5 Archer, etc.
WINTER HARDINESS INDEX - 1: most hardy and least winter injury 5: lease hardy and injury resulting in plant death - Ratings are in relationship to the winter injury incurred by standard check varieties.
DISEASE & PEST RESISTANCE
APHANOMYCES ROOT ROT
PHYTOPHTHORA ROOT ROT
WISCONSIN DISEASE RATING
POTATO LEAF HOPPER
WISCONSIN DISEASE RATING INDEX - For the six major diseases of alfalfa, a variety is awarded: 5 points for each HR, 4 points for each R, 3 points for each MR, 2 points for each LR, 1 point for each S - 30/30: Perfect Score
PEST RESISTANCE - S: Susceptible (0-5% resistant plants), LR: Low Resistance (6-14% resistant plants), MR: Moderate Resistance (15-30% resistant plants), R: Resistance (31-50% resistant plants), HR: High Resistance (+50% resistant plants)
NOT TESTED - Stem Nematode, Common Crown Rot, Powdery Mildew, Northern Anthracnose, Southern Anthracnose
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