Not really, I rely more upon local information from the University Ag Extension recommendations, local NRCS agent thoughts, and leaflets supplied by the area seed suppliers. I do look over the NAFA leaflet though.
Yes the University studies are not as all inclusive as the varieties booklet. .
My opinion is only the seed tested are those that are subsidized by the seed companies.
That or the Universities will only look at varieties that are given to them .
In the good old days Oklahoma would run comparisons in 4 differing soil and climate types.
Each series would have public domain alfalfa Ok 49 represented. In any contest the public alfalfa would be in the top three or 4.
The breeders will have to bring up the resistance to two to four new aphid pests.
I find the seed sellers will push the seed that they were sold. I still see growers who look for cost first are sold CUF 101 in Texas. Might as well plant Hairy Peruvian and invite all the pest to come and feed.
What I look for is a pest score and the best over all is what I choose from. For now I am using WL 354 HQ for its aphid resistance and aph race 1 and 2.
It may sound strange but a FD 4 will resist the alfalfa weevil than any FD 7 or 8.
The Universities are good but they are not perfect.
For growers in the eastern Corn Belt and Mid South read this from U of KY
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Your Extension Forage Specialest is excellent.
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