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Poll: Alfalfa Checkoff Program should focus on pest resistance research

Published on 16 September 2016

Most Progressive Forage readers believe the new Alfalfa Checkoff Program should focus on pest resistance research first, with winter hardiness as a close second.

In a recent online poll, Progressive Forage asked, “What alfalfa research do you hope the new Alfalfa Checkoff Program will focus on first?”

Sixteen percent of readers said they want to see root rot or stem nematode research. Twelve percent of readers would rather see “other” research. Meanwhile, only 11 percent of readers voted for salinity resistance research.

Winter hardiness and pest resistance were neck-and-neck for the majority vote. Ultimately, 31 percent of readers said pest resistance research should be top priority, while winter hardiness came in a close second with 30 percent of the vote.  end mark

What alfalfa research do you hope the new Alfalfa Checkoff Program will focus on first? (Options below were not provided by NAFA.)

  • Salinity resistance: 11%

  • Pest resistance: 31%

  • Root rot or stem nematode: 16%

  • Winter hardiness: 30%

  • Other: 12%

 

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