Roundup Ready alfalfa seed is available for purchase in the U.S. once again. The USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) recently announced its decision to grant nonregulated status to Roundup Ready alfalfa with no related conditions for its sale or use.
U.S. hay growers will be able to choose from numerous Roundup Ready alfalfa varieties in time for spring planting this year. Seed is expected to be available from most major U.S. seed companies.
Monsanto and Forage Genetics International developed Roundup Ready Alfalfa and licensed it to other companies to develop specific Roundup Ready varieties. The first Roundup Ready alfalfa varieties were introduced to U.S. alfalfa growers in 2005. Roundup Ready alfalfa is available with fall dormancy ratings ranging from 3 to 9 and tailored to growing conditions throughout the U.S.
Monsanto and Forage Genetics have indicated Genuity Roundup Ready alfalfa will be marketed with an added technology fee of $150 per 50-lb. bag of seed west of the Rocky Mountains, an area that encompasses seven western states plus Alaska and Hawaii, and $125 per bag in all other states.