Department of Plant Science, Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Science
The objectives of our research were to:
• evaluate a wide array of alfalfa germplasm containing varied levels of M. sativa ssp. falcata for traits related to suitability for stockpiling and nesting cover for game birds,
•compare yellow-flowered cultivars and germplasms to conventional hay- and pasture-type cultivars for forage yield and quality in a delayed single-harvest / production system, and
• develop, by phenotypic selection, one or more synthetic cultivars of yellow-flowered alfalfa that would have high forage yield, tolerance to potato leafhopper yellowing, prolonged flowering, and good leaf retention under a stockpiling management system until mid-July.
Yellow Flowered Alfalfa, wildlife habitat, nesting birds
South Dakota Experiment Station, South Dakota State University
Boe, A.; Bortnem, R.; Higgins, K. F.; and Kruse, A. D., "Breeding Yellow-flowered Alfalfa for Combined Wildlife Habitat and Forage Purposes" (1998). Research Bulletins of the South Dakota Agricultural Experiment Station (1887-2011). 730.