KingFisher 243 is a high powered race horse alfalfa, with up to 30% faster regrowth over competing brands. This variety has good standability and comes with our StandFastTM Technology. Being very winterhardy with outstanding fall dormancy, there is exceptional fall growth potential. These traits together add up to significant tonnage potential. This regrowth is excellent for a managed 28 day cutting schedule.
- StandFast™ technology
- Very winter-hardy
- Rapid regrowth for 28 day cutting schedules
- Excellent fall growth potential
- Exceptional tonnage
KingFisher 243 is the forage base for many farms today. It is a legume that can fix most of its own nitrogen. Due to the pressures of the rotation schedule on many farms, alfalfa stands are only in production for three or four years before decreases in productivity are noticed. It is important to get all the yield possible in this short time and these high performing varieties are what we focus on.
KingFisher 243 can be planted in the spring or late summer, but we recommend late summer whenever possible. Planting depth should be 0.25 to 0.50 inches with good soil contact. If spring sown, a nurse crop of grass or small grain is recommended to maximize the tonnage in the seeding year. We usually recommend seeding grass with alfalfa to give a higher tonnage and better quality feed for the life of the stand. KingFisher 243 exhibits autotoxicity, which means established plants (older than 6 months) give off compounds that prevent new alfalfa seedlings from establishing.
Once established, KingFisher 243 stand can last for many years. Many modern varieties can handle 28 day cutting schedules and in fact, some elite varieties need that type of management to perform their best. One very critical aspect of alfalfa management is knowing when to take the last cutting in the fall. By using Growing Degree Days (GDD) you can determine the best time to take the last fall cutting. An early fall cut can be taken as long as the plants can accumulate more than 500 GDD to replenish root reserves. A late fall cutting can be taken as long as no more than 200 GDD will accumulate before killing frost (25°F).
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