NEWS
New Trait Hits Hay
Cheryl Anderson DTN Staff Reporter
Thu Nov 20, 2014 02:43 PM CST

OMAHA (DTN) -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has granted non-regulatory status to HarvXtra, a genetically engineered low-lignin alfalfa variety.

The new alfalfa was developed in a collaborative effort between the Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation, the U.S. Dairy Forage Research Center, Forage Genetics International (FGI) and Monsanto. The trait is still pending regulatory approvals from key export markets and is not yet available for sale.

The low-lignin trait was designed to help solve a common harvest tradeoff alfalfa producers face between yield and quality. Low-lignin alfalfa varieties allow growers to lengthen the harvest ...

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