FF 42.A2 alfalfa has been extensively tested in trials across the Midwest over multiple years. It has out performed commercial competition by an average of 10% in yield potential. This is a new generation of alfalfa coming from a program designed to combine later fall dormancy, excellent winter hardiness, fast recovery and excellent forage yield potential.

  • Highly resistant to Aphanomyces Race 2
  • Perfect disease resistance package
  • Top forage yielder in trials
  • Excellent winter survival and persistence
  • Suitable for heavy and wet soils
  • Fast recovery after cutting
Forage FirstCrosseCoat

Cutting System: 3-5
Fall Dormancy: 4.0
Winter Survival: 1.9
Total DRI: 35/35

Disease & Pest Control:
Phytophthora Root Rot: HR
Verticillium Wilt: HR
Anthracnose: HR
Bacterial Wilt: HR
Fusarium Wilt: HR
Aphanomyces Race 1: HR
Aphanomyces Race 2: HR
Pea Aphid: R
Potato Leafhopper: NR
Stem Nematode: NR

Establishment: Med
Persistence: Med
Drought Tolerance: Med
Winter Hardiness: High
Palatability: High
Yield Potential: High
Grazing Tolerance: High

Resistance Ratings:

HR = Highly Resistant, 51% or more resistant plants
R = Resistant, 31 – 50% resistant plants
MR = Moderately Resistant, 15 – 30% resistant plants
LR = Low Resistance, 6 – 14% resistant plants
S = Susceptible, 0 – 5% resistant plants
NR = Not Rated


Seeding Rate:
Alone (lbs./acre): 15-20
Mixes (lbs./acre): 8-10
Seeds/lb.: 227,000
Depth (in.): 1/4 (fine textured soil); 1/2 (sandy soil)

Planting Time:
Mar.-May; Aug.-Sept.
Emergence (days): 7
Life Cycle: Perennial

Grows best on deep, well-drained, friable soil with pH 6.5-7.5.

Plant alfalfa seed in clean, smooth, firm seedbed with adequate moisture. Ensure good surface drainage. Do not seed as first crop on newly leveled land where fill may settle and cause poor surface drainage. A combination drill and packer is desirable. Cultipack soil before and after seeding to help stand establishment.

Spring seeding can occur 30 days before last killing frost. Late summer-sown alfalfa seed can also be successful. Allow for adequate growth prior to first killing frost.

Rotational Grazing:

Graze early bloom (1/4 in. bloom) to 2 in. Potential bloat hazard. Use caution when grazing. Alfalfa best withstands grazing if rotated frequently or grazed in small strips.

Hay or Haylage Harvest:

Cut early bloom; last cutting should be 3-4 wks. before first killing frost.