July 29, 2019

New Aphid & Lygus Bug Control for Alfalfa - Transform®
Alfalfa Checkoff Funds Seven Research Projects
USDA Announces Details of Relief Package
Five Projects Receive Alfalfa Pollinator Research Initiative Funding
Seed Coatings: New Horizons
Tips for Managing Late-Seeded Alfalfa
NAFA Welcomes the Pollination Network as Its Newest Member
IPPC Releases Generic ePhyto National System (GeNs)
CHECKOFF/ASAFS/APRI Research Summaries
"Hay," Mark Your Calendar!
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New Aphid & Lygus Bug Control for Alfalfa - Transform®

NAFA has worked hard to secure a new tool for alfalfa farmers (both hay and seed) in their battle against aphids and lygus bugs in alfalfa. Transform® (sulfoxaflor), manufactured by Corteva, has just been granted a supplemental label which allows its use on alfalfa in all states except California and New York, giving farmers an effective option for control of these yield-robbing insect pests. For a full copy of the Transform supplement label, click here. Read carefully as restrictions apply.

Farmers or applicators must have a copy of the supplemental label in their possession during application. Be sure to consult your company representative, cooperative extension service, certified crop advisor or state agricultural experiment station for any additional local use recommendations for your area. Always be sure to follow label instructions.

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Alfalfa Checkoff Funds Seven Research Projects Research Projects Funded in Five States

Alfalfa researchers from across the country were the beneficiaries of funding generated by the Alfalfa Checkoff as seven new Alfalfa Checkoff research projects were recently funded. The U.S. Alfalfa Farmer Research Initiative (USAFRI), better known as the Alfalfa Checkoff, recently awarded the fifth round of funding to projects.

“NAFA’s Alfalfa Checkoff Review Committee focused funding on research projects which addressed a diverse range of topics within the industry,” said Beth Nelson, NAFA President. “It’s gratifying to see the program bringing new researchers into the alfalfa community.” Click here for the complete article.

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USDA Announces Details of Relief Package

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue has announced further details of the $16 billion package aimed at supporting American agricultural producers while the Administration continues to work on free, fair, and reciprocal trade deals.

“Our team at USDA reflected on what worked well and gathered feedback on last year’s program to make this one even stronger and more effective for farmers. Our farmers work hard, are the most productive in the world, and we aim to match their enthusiasm and patriotism as we support them,” Secretary Perdue added. Click here for the complete article.

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Five Projects Receive Alfalfa Pollinator Research Initiative Funding

The Alfalfa Pollinator Research Initiative (APRI) awarded $100,000 in funding to five research projects focused on supporting the health of non-Apis alfalfa pollinators. APRI, a coordinated research effort managed by the Pollinating Insects Research Unit in Logan, UT, focuses on: management for crop pollination; population sustainability; environmental safety; epidemiology and disease management; and genetics. The program is managed by Diana Cox-Foster of USDA's Agricultural Research Service (located at the Logan Bee Lab in Logan, UT). Click here for the complete article.

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Seed Coatings: New Horizons
Bill Talley, President, Summit Seed Coatings

The demand for seed coating on forages and forage legumes continues to increase in all areas of the United States. Because of this increased demand, several new coating facilities have been established closer to the consumer. There are coating plants still located in seed production areas, and this is still the best fit for many companies that utilize these locations based on logistics. Production has been increased to meet demand. Coating companies have added additional locations in the Midwest to be closer to the customer and to alleviate trucking shortages and increased freight rates. Many forage legumes including alfalfa, crimson, red and white clovers benefit from coating. Click here for the complete article.

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Tips for Managing Late-Seeded Alfalfa
Randy Welch, National Alfalfa Agronomist,
CROPLAN® by WinField United

Has excessive spring rainfall kept you from seeding your alfalfa this year? You still may have time to establish an alfalfa crop later this summer.


If you are considering a late-summer seeding this year, plan to seed at least six to eight weeks prior to the end of the season (the average frost date for your area). If you farm in the Upper Midwest, you should plant your alfalfa between about July 30 and August 15. If you farm in Iowa or Nebraska, you can probably seed up until late August. Further south in Kansas or Missouri, you may be able to seed until early to mid-September. Click here for the complete article.

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NAFA Welcomes the Pollination Network as Its Newest Member

NAFA is pleased to welcome a new member into the NAFA family with the addition of the Pollination Network. The Pollination Network joins NAFA as an Associate member in the Class V Allied Industries category.

The Pollination Network was founded in October of 2018 with the goal to lessen the gap between growers and beekeepers for pollination services. "In a seasonally-dependent industry, it can be difficult to find beekeepers for the right price with the right number of bees at the right time," said Dylan Castro of the Pollination Network. "We make it easy for farmers to get their crop pollinated by finding the best beekeeper for the job. Farmers simply submit their information; crop type, acreage, location and date they need the bees, and our team locates the right beekeeper for them. Even better, the farmer works directly with the beekeeper to ensure timely delivery of bees and that everything runs smoothly throughout the pollinating time."

NAFA is pleased to add the Pollination Network to its long list of distinguished members. If you are aware of any other organizations which are not currently a NAFA member but should be, please contact NAFA at nafa@alfalfa.org.

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IPPC Releases Generic ePhyto National System (GeNs)

The International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC), a multilateral treaty overseen by the Food and Agriculture Organization that aims to secure coordinated, effective action to prevent and control the introduction and spread of pests of plants and plant products, recently announced the release of the Generic ePhyto National System (GeNs). GeNS connects countries without their own system to the ePhyto Solution, making it possible for all countries to exchange ePhytos (the electronic version of a phytosanitary certificate).

The IPPC ePhyto Solution has always been described to hold three core components: the Hub, the GeNS, and Harmonization. What is the difference between the Hub and the GeNS? The Hub is the component of the system that facilitates the exchange of ePhytos between National Plant Protection Organizations (NPPOs). Therefore, country A sends an ePhyto, it goes to the Hub and the Hub then passes it onwards to the country to which it is addressed. Click here for the complete article.

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CHECKOFF/ASAFS/APRI Research Summaries

Through hard work and persistence, NAFA has secured funding for two public research programs: 1) the Alfalfa Seed and Alfalfa Forage Systems Research Program (ASAFS); and 2) the Alfalfa Pollinator Research Initiative (APRI). Additionally, NAFA has created its own research program, the U.S. Alfalfa Farmer Research Initiative, better known as the Alfalfa Checkoff.

NAFA News will feature both progress and final reports from these research programs to keep you informed of research in these areas. Click on the project title to access the full report.

  Enhancing Alfalfa Yields and Stand Life by Improving Management of Seed Rot and Seedling Damping Off - Samac, USDA-ARS

"Seed rot and damping off of alfalfa is a soilborne disease caused by multiple pathogens. Damage to seeds and plant roots results in thin initial stands of alfalfa and continued damage by pathogens during wet soil conditions decreases forage yield and winter survival. This project took a two-pronged approach to combat the disease, testing alternative seed treatments and developing disease resistant germplasm."

All CHECKOFF/ASAFS/APRI final reports and current project objectives can be found on NAFA's website at http://alfalfa.org/research.php in a convenient searchable database.

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MacDon Industries Ltd.
Midwest Forage Association
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Nebraska Alfalfa Marketing Association
Nelson Irrigation Corporation
Utah Farm Bureau Hay Committee
Washington State Hay Growers Association

Wyoming Alfalfa Seed Growers Association
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Acceleron BioAg
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