The purpose of this web site is to provide research based information about producing alfalfa for seed in California and to provide a mechanism to retrieve individual papers presented at the California Alfalfa Seed Production Symposium.
In 1975, the first Alfalfa Seed Symposium was held in Fresno, CA and effectively communicated results of various research projects to the industry. That highly successful event continues today with the biennial presentation of research updates and/or other activities being conducted on behalf of the Alfalfa Seed Research Board, which is funded and directed by alfalfa seed growers and industry representatives in California. In addition, symposium participants have an opportunity to speak with the researchers conducting work related to alfalfa seed production and provide direction on future Board activities by completing a “Research Survey”.
The Alfalfa Seed Production Research Board was established over thirty years ago for the purpose of funding primarily grower-directed research to improve alfalfa seed production practices in California. Some projects have immediate application to the grower while others may be more long term, yielding results in the years to come. While the challenges of today’s agricultural environment have changed and perhaps grown, the Board’s purpose continues to be finding ways to maximize alfalfa seed production through applied research. In addition, the Board has taken a more active role in grower education by providing a biennial Seed Symposium with topics that cover pesticide updates, pest management strategic plans, GMO seed production, and other industry challenges. More about the ASPRB
The members of the Alfalfa Seed Board recognize and thank University of California scientists as well as other researchers for their continued dedication to the seed industry. Over many years they have helped to define and solve numerous problems growers have faced in producing this challenging crop. The legacy of past work and the promise of future research build a foundation for all those in alfalfa seed production.
Fresno/Madera County Director
University of California Cooperative Extension
550 E. Shaw Ave. Suite 210-B
Fresno, CA 93710
J.D. Allen, Manager
Kim Sakamoto, Assistant Manager
531-D N. Alta Avenue
Dinuba, CA 93618
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