Excelerator is a non-GMO alfalfa developed for today’s aggressive alfalfa managers. Maximizing forage yield with a 25% faster regrowth than leading alfalfas and an extra 5-6″ growth in the first 21 days. With an extraordinary high leaf to stem ratio, this shaves 3-5 days off time to next cut! With StandFast Technology, standability is extended thru late-bud, this protects forage quality and reduces field and harvest loss. With excellent disease resistance and key traits of CP, NDFd, ADF, RFQ all 10-20 points higher than average alfalfa. This equates to more milk or beef per acre. Given the aggressive growth, to optimize feed quality you must cut every 26-28 days.
This patent protected technology and registered trademark; Excelerator gives you the yield punch you need from the north to the south with a dormancy of 5 with an excellent winter hardiness of 2. Excelerator alfalfa with the StandFast Alfalfa Technology is under exclusive license, and we carry it here!
KingFisher Excelerator is the forage base for many farms today. It is a legume that can fix most of its nitrogen. Due to the pressures of the rotation schedule on many farms, KingFisher Excelerator 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 Excelerator 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 planting grass with KingFisher Excelerator to give a higher tonnage and better quality feed for the life of the stand. KingFisher Excelerator exhibits autotoxicity, which means established plants (older than 6 months) give off compounds that prevent new alfalfa seedlings from developing.
Once established, KingFisher Excelerator 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 made 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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