Figure 1. New alfalfa plots after planting at Northeast Research Farm.
A new alfalfa trial was developed and planted in June 7th of 2018 at Northeast Research Farm near South Shore, SD. This project is in collaboration with Valent U.S.A Company in Sioux Falls, SD. Two plots side by side of 20ft by 50ft were used to evaluate yield production with treated and non-treated Roundup Ready alfalfa. The experimental design was a Randomized Complete Block Design (RCBD) with 5 replicates in each plot. The treated-alfalfa main component was an endo-granular mycorrhizae.
Figure 2. Roundup Ready Alfalfa growth at the Northeast Research Farm.
The advantages of mycorrhizae in alfalfa are the following:
- Allow plants to draw more nutrients and water from the soil, including phosphorus.
- Result in vigorous and healthy plants.
- Accelerate rooting.
- Increase plant survival.
- Increase drought tolerance and other stresses.
- Enhance flowering.
- Better yield production.
- Reduce soil erosion.