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Alfalfa Seed

Industry Update

2011 Alfalfa Seed

Production Symposium

March 9 & 10


Overview

• “Market” Data

Seed Production Data

• Technology Transition

• Challenges

• Future Trends


Milk Cow Inventory 2000-2010

9350

9300

9250

9200

,000

Head

9150

9100

9050

9000

8950

8900

8850

2000 2002 2004 2006 2008 2010


Milk Production / Head

25000

20000

Milk

lb/head

15000

10000

5000

0

1924 1965 1997 2000 2005 2010


Alfalfa Hay Acres Harvested 2000-2010

24000

23500

23000

22500

,000

acres

22000

21500

21000

20500

20000

19500

19000

2000 2002 2004 2006 2008 2010


Alfalfa Hay New Plantings 2000-2010

3500

3000

2500

,000

acres

2000

1500

1000

500

0

2000 2002 2004 2006 2008 2010


Market Trends

• “Consumers”

– Downward trend on cattle inventory.

– Dramatic increase in production per head.

• Forage Production

– Downward trend in harvested acres.

– Downward trend in new plantings.


CA Alfalfa Seed Production History

Acres 1981 - Present

120,000

100,000

80,000

60,000

40,000

20,000

0

1981 1984 1987 1990 1993 1996 1999 2002 2005 2008


CA Alfalfa Seed Production History

Pounds (,000) 1981 - Present

60,000

50,000

40,000

30,000

20,000

10,000

0

1981 1984 1987 1990 1993 1996 1999 2002 2005 2008


CA Alfalfa Seed Production History

Lbs / A (,000) 1981 - Present

800

700

600

500

400

300

200

100

0

1981 1984 1987 1990 1993 1996 1999 2002 2005 2008


CA Seed Production Trends

• Acres

– Downward trend through 2000’s then leveled.

• Pounds

– Downward trend through 2000’s then leveled.

• Yield per Acre

– Trending upward.


Technology Transition

• Roundup Ready® Deregulation

– Record of decision posted Feb. 2, 2011

– NAFA Best Management Practices for

Roundup Ready® Alfalfa Seed Production

www.alfalfa.org/pdf/CSBMPForRRA.pdf

• Future Technologies

– Low Lignin, Drought tolerance, etc…


Review

• Market – “consumers” have downward

trend but leveled.

• Production – Downward trend in acres

and pounds but leveled. Yield per acre

has increased slightly.

• Technology - Roundup Ready® Alfalfa


Challenges

• New Technology

– Stewardship: product ID and traceability

• Production Costs vs. Grower

Compensation

• Resource Management

– Irrigation

– Pest management

– Pollination


CA Alfalfa Seed Future

• California has the three most important

factors in alfalfa seed production:

– Climate = Reliability

–Process and quality control

–Innovation and experience


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