Three new alfalfa varieties combat beetles, leafhoppers, tricky soil

ITHACA, N.Y. – Dairy and other livestock farmers in the northern U.S. have three new alfalfa options this growing season – all pioneered by Cornell University researchers as a way to combat devastating pests, increase yields and improve forage quality. Developed by Donald Viands, a professor of plant breeding and genetics in the School of […]

New alfalfa variety resists ravenous local pest

ITHACA, N.Y. – Cornell University plant breeders have released a new alfalfa variety with some resistance against the alfalfa snout beetle, which has ravaged alfalfa fields in nine northern New York counties and across the St. Lawrence River in Canada. There are no other known alfalfa snout beetle infestations in North America, but the pesky […]