Alfalfa roundup ready seed is not available for distribution and retail in the United States by authorized companies and dealer. The seed should not be planted outside the United States, or for seed or sprout production. The system will let you have to ability to deliver excellent weed control and maximum safety for the crops, so you get better and high quality alfalfa everytime. Here are some more guidelines, and the disadvantages of GMOs.
The "So-Called" Good Effects of USDA Alfalfa Roundup Ready
- Excellent crop safety for fast growing and healthier stands and crops.
- Less weeds in each bale, leading to good quality feed
- Broad application flexibility
- High quality and volume yield opportunity
Opposing the Commercialization
A number of seed farms contradict the commercialization of this type of alfalfa, since the USDA did not fully consider the impacts of growing these on the environment, plus the economic effects of the product to farmers and growers all over the United States. Deregulation of roundup ready alfalfa will mean several more significant problems that should be carefully resolved and considered, specifically involving biological contamination and resistance to weeds. Additionally, there are several myths that are still revolving around the crop that should be determined first. There are several claims that the crops will yield just as well as conventional ones. This is very untrue.
Pollinators can be brought over wide distances. Once a pollinator goes to an alfalfa plant with the RR or roundup ready gene inserted, the pollen will be picked up and then carried to a far conventional alfalfa plant. Once the pollen fertilizes the blossom of the standard plant, the seed will now have the RR gene as well. Plants that come out of the seed will be roundup ready too. Field volunteers can also lead to seed contamination. Alfalfa can produce seed that have 50% dormant seeds or more. The waxy external coat will break down after some time, since this is the regular mechanism of the dormant stage. The hard seed can stay still for several years after the seed crop is already harvested.
The hard seeds later on can become a big problem once these germinate where onions, sugar beets and other crops are planted after the rotation. The volunteer alfalfa plants will be hard to manage and can still rise several years after the plants seed. These will become a big problem when they are trying to create a new alfalfa seed for seed production.
More Bad Effects
Seed stocks can become contaminated by alfalfa forage growers once these become contaminated by GE alfalfa, thus forced to develop the seed with the RR trait. The forage will also be affected by the genetically engineered material, thus not becoming organic and natural. Once these try to eliminate the stand to rotate the sugar beets, soybeans, corn or onions as soon as these use glysophate to eliminate the old stand. This is preferred method now. The farmer does not eliminate the surviving RR plants with other techniques via the no-till farming approach.