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Rugged II Alfalfa


Traffic & Salinity Tolerance

Rugged alfalfa is has a yield rating of 3 and is a Fall Dormancy 3 alfalfa. This alfalfa has trifoliate multifoliate leaf express and a winter hardiness class of 1. Rugged is grazing tolerant and has germination and forage production salinity tolerance. The FastGrowth rating is 1.54cm per day or very slow regrowth.


  • Especially well adapted to the northern Great Plains and Intermountain West
  • Fits irrigated or dryland crop management systems
  • Features bred-in grazing, germination salinity, and traffic/compaction tolerance
  • Bred for improved yield performance over Rugged and performs very well under normal or challenging environments including grazing, salinity and traffic/compaction tolerance


  • Versatile variety for the fall dormancy 2-4 production geographies on the northern Great Plains and Intermountain West
  • Exceptional winter hardiness helps Rugged perform in production systems where other varieties fail
  • Medium-late harvest maturity



  • Yield Rating: 3
  • Fall Dormancy: 3
  • Winter hardiness: 1.5
  • Multifoliate leaf expression: Trifoliate
  • FastGrowth rating: 1.62/ Very slow
  • Salinity tolerance:
    Germination: Tolerant
    Forage production: Tolerant


  • Anthracnose: HR
  • Aphanomyces Root Rot (Race 1) : HR
  • Aphanomyces Root Rot (Race 2) : R
  • Bacterial wilt: HR
  • Fusarium wilt: HR
  • Phytophthora Root Rot : HR
  • Verticillium Wilt : HR
  • Blue alfalfa aphid: HR
  • Cowpea aphid: R
  • Pea aphid: R
  • Spotted alfalfa aphid: R
  • Stem nematode: R