Ranger II Alfalfa
Ranger II alfalfa was developed directly from Ranger alfalfa. Developed for use under irrigated and dryland conditions from the northern plains to the winterhardy and moderately winterhardy intermountain areas of the west. Ranger II has the drought tolerance of Ranger with improved disease resistance for longer persistence, superior forage yields and adaption to a wider range of soil conditions.
Ranger alfalfa is a familiar variety to many ranchers and farmers and has been on the market for decades. Loved by many and considered “The Old Standby”, many farmers remember dad or grandpa planting this faithful, long lived variety. It was developed by the Nebraska Agricultural Experiment Station and USDA and released in 1942.
Ranger alfalfa is a good producing, tough, winter hardy alfalfa. It shows some resistance to bacterial wilt, but is susceptible to leaf spot diseases. It’s drought tolerance make it an excellent candidate for dry land plantings and pasture mixes. It recovers quickly after cutting, has plants that vary in habit of growth from semi- upright to upright. Ranger II is an improvement on all of the best characteristics of the original Ranger strain.
Plant at 20 pounds per acre or if used in a grass mix adjust seeding percentages to meet your goals. Ranger alfalfa was used in our Dryland Pasture Mix for many years but has been replaced by Ladak II for better drought tolerance and overall better agronomic package.
|DISEASE / INSECT / NEMATODE RATINGS|
|Bacterial Wilt||Moderate Resistant (MR)|
|Fusarium Wilt||Moderate Resistant (MR)|
|Verticillium Wilt||Moderate Resistant (MR)|
|Phytophthora Root Rot||Moderate Resistant (MR)|
|Winter Survival||2.0 (Very Good)|
|Recovery After Cutting||Fast|