Department of Plant Science
For several years alfalfa breeders have selected for improved winterhardiness within fall dormancy classes. This has caused increasing concern about the reliability of fall dormancy as a predictor of alfalfa winterhardiness. A standard test for the evaluation of winter survival per se was developed to address this concern. The experiments reported here were designed to examine the relationship between fall dormancy and winter survival indices generated from standard tests with winter injury in multiple location alfalfa trials after a "test winter".
alfalfa conference proceedings, alfalfa breeding
South Dakota Experiment Station, South Dakota State University
Kephart, K. D., "24th Central Alfalfa Improvement Conference: June 18-20, 1995, Ramada Inn, Spearfish, South Dakota" (1995). Research Bulletins of the South Dakota Agricultural Experiment Station (1887-2011). 725.