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Standard alfalfa tests are conducted according to the methods described in Standard Tests to Characterize Alfalfa Cultivars, third edition, 1991, with latest revisions, published by the North American Alfalfa Improvement Conference. Crop Characteristics, Inc. has developed many additional tests for selection or characterization purposes. Data from the tests is used to characterize alfalfa varieties for the Alfalfa Review Board, for Certification, and for PVP and patent purposes. Data is used for marketing purposes as well. Selections are used in variety development programs.

Red clover tests are also conducted. Although official standard tests have not been published, Crop Characteristics, Inc. has developed reliable tests, in consultation with experts on the subjects. Data is used for Certification, PVP, patent, and marketing purposes.

Alfalfa Tests
Red Clover Tests
Resistance tests:
Resistance tests:
  • Anthracnose
  • Aphanomyces
  • Bacterial wilt
  • Fusarium wilt
  • Lepto leaf spot
  • Phytophthora root rot
  • Phytophthora seedling
  • Spring blackstem & leafspot
  • Verticillium wilt
  • Northern root-knot nematode
  • Southern root-knot nematode
  • Stem nematode
  • Blue alfalfa aphid
  • Pea aphid
  • Spotted alfalfa aphid
  • Northern anthracnose
  • Southern anthracnose
  • Powdery mildew



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