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NOTICE: From time to time, supplies of Certified Organic Seed run out. When this occurs, we use the organic seeds (in a mixture) that we still have and then use Untreated non-GMO seed for the remainder of the mixture. We will then issue a non-GMO letter upon request.

At this time—as the industry struggles to regain our foothold in organic alfalfa - we have an abundance of our mainline non-GMO KingFisher® with our organic approved SureStand Hydro Seed Treatment. This treatment was developed to ensure better stands and seedling survival in less than ideal weather conditions. We believe that most organic certifiers will approve your use of the non-GMO alfalfas on this page, but we recommend that you check with your certifier, in advance, to be sure.

Almost every one of the KingFisher alfalfas shown on this page has been a finalist or even champion at the World Dairy Expo Forage Analysis Superbowl, and sometimes even under Certified Organic growing conditions. You’ll not find alfalfa that’s better than our KingFisher lineup.

An additional benefit when using KingFisher alfalfas is that because these alfalfas come from at least four alfalfa breeding organizations, you can mix alfalfas from several alfalfa breeding companies to increase your alfalfa yields. The synergistic effect of mixing alfalfas was tested by planting nine alfalfa varieties in a plot and seeding a mixture of all nine at the same seeding rate. The mixture’s yield was (1) better than the yields of any of the individual seedings, (2) 30 percent better than the average yield of the plot and (3) 17 percent better than the yield of the best individual alfalfa. Ask your Byron Seeds dealer to work with you to choose alfalfas from different alfalfa breeding companies so you can take advantage of this increase in yield.

KF OR25
OC
  • Long lasting
  • High yielding variety for a Fall Dormancy (FD) 3
  • Very fine stemmed
  • Fast recovery for a FD 3

Zones: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6



KF401B
OC
  • Branch-rooted variety
  • Excellent regrowth for wetter and heavier clay soils
  • High forage quality

Zones: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

  
  

KF402H
OC
  • Latest generation hybrid
  • Winner of many yield trials across the Midwest
  • Extremely fine-stemmed for maximum quality
  • Our best alfalfa for 28 day cutting schedules
  • 7-10% higher yielding

Zones: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

  

KF403CR
OC
  • New creeping alfalfa that will spread by rhizomes
  • Good for grazing
  • Very persistent
  • Well established variety

Zones: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5


KF101
OR|OC
  • Consists of good varieties that have been overproduced
  • A good alfalfa at a great price
  • Placed well at World Dairy Expo Super Bowl
  • Needs well drained soils
  • Yield and persistence are better than average

Zones: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6


  

KF406A2
OC
  • Resistant to multi-strain APH2 DRI 35/35
  • One of the most disease resistant - very hearty
  • Fast recovery after harvest
  • A leader in yield
  • Very good forage quality
  • A variety to use in high disease pressure

Zones: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6


KF425HD
OC
  • Superior fiber digestibility
  • Excellent yield potential
  • A true multi-leaf variety
  • Use in your better soils
  • Very fast recovery after harvest
  • Selected for high-quality sugars

Zones: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5



KF243
OC
  • StandFastTM technology
  • Very winter-hardy
  • Rapid regrowth for 28 day cutting schedules
  • Excellent fall growth potential
  • Exceptional tonnage

Zones: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

  

KF444
OC
  • Branch rooted variety for wetter and heavier clay soils
  • Branch root resists heaving
  • More traffic and stress tolerant
  • Best disease resistance
  • Exceptional winter hardiness

Zones: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

  


Alfalfa Disease Resistance Fall Dormancy Winter Survival Forage Quality Leaf to Stem Persistence
KF243 29 5 2 Very Good Excellent ****
KF402H 30 4 1.6 High Excellent *****
KF401B 30 3.8 1.6 High Excellent *****
KF444 30 4 1.5 High Excellent *****
KF101 30 3 2 Average Average ***
KF406A2 35/35 4 2 High Excellent *****
KF425HD 30 4.5 2 Very High Excellent *****
KF403CR 27/30 2.4 1.8 Very Good Average *****
KF OR25 27/30 3.0 2 Average Average ****

Ratings values only comparable for products within this chart
The lower the winter survival, the more winter hardy