Wilson, Dale wrote:
> I don't know who developed it, but there is an alfalfa variety known as
> "Nitro" that is a good nitrogen-fixer and supposedly so non-dormant that
> it reliably winter-kills. In my own garden (in Southwestern Idaho) I
> found this not to be the case...but I am digressing. The seed industry
> is so customer-driven, that very little effort goes into niche-market
> products, like green manures. But maybe there isn't a need. There are
> so many good green manure and cover crop species. But rest assured, if
> there is a market for varieties like this, someone will develop them.
> Regarding your other question in your private post about corn varieties
> for organic production, our regular corn hybrids should do well under
> these conditions. Good agronomic characteristics transcend the
> (perceived) organic/conventional division. I'll bet that modern corn
> hybrids will greatly outperform OP landrace corn varieties even in
> primitive production systems, although I am not sure about extremely low
> nitrogen environments. Anyone interested in setting up a few trials on
> this with me?
> Margaret Smith at Cornell is working on corn that does well under low
> nitrogen conditions. You can bet that as nitrogen application is
> restricted (for whatever reason) the seed industry will develop
> varieties that need less nitrogen fertilizer.
> Dale Wilson, Pioneer Production Research
> >From beautiful alfalfa-laden Nampa, ID (temporarily)
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> > Subject: varietal improvement
> > Thanks for the info on Pioneer. Does anyone know of a seed company
> > that
> > is doing breeding work with legumes for use as green manures? Are any
> > seed companies doing research on cover crop species?
> > Thanks.
> > Laurie
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