GM-Alfalfa ready to hit fields in spring

October 15, 2004: Commercial varieties of Roundup Ready alfalfa are expected to be available to California forage producers next year, according to a report in the Western Farm Press.

The genetically modified crop will allow alfalfa to be treated with glyphosate herbicides without damaging the plant. However, since glyphosates do not kill all the weeds that threaten alfalfa other treatments will still need to be used. Tank mixes will be necessary to control Cheeseweed, nettles, fleabane, filaree, henbit and marestail.

Monsanto and Forage Genetics International, patent holders on the project , have yet to announce how much this new technology will cost farmers. For the complete story go to:

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