alfalfa, forage yield, alfalfa quality, multileaflet
There has been interest among private companies in the past five years in producing multifoliolate or “multileaflet” alfalfa varieties. Conventional varieties have only three leaflets per leaf while multileaflet varieties may have plants that possess five, seven, or even nine leaflets per leaf. Although the multileaf trait of alfalfa has been known for more than 50 years, research has been limited. Recent interest has led to the development of about 10 multileaflet varieties. The promotion of these varieties has generated interest among forage and livestock producers in the potential benefits of these varieties over conventional varieties.
Twidwell, Edward K.; Thiex, Nancy J.; and Skogberg, John L., "Forage Yield and Quality of Multileaflet Alfalfa" (2002). SDSU Extension Extra Archives. 280.