Rancher Special Alfalfa

  • Scientific name: Medicago sativa
  • An economic alternative to high-end alfalfas
  • Same quality and coating standards
  • Suited to a variety of situations
  • Widely adapted
  • Call for FREE FREIGHT on pallet quantity orders

Quantity is per pound. Example: 1 = 1 lb, 2 = 2 lbs, 3 = 3lbs, etc. This is pure seed, not a live plant.

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Rancher Special Alfalfa is an economic alfalfa that is widely adapted to a variety of climates and soil types. It is winter hardy and widely adapted.

Rancher Special (Medicago sativa) is our economy alfalfa, but don’t let the word ‘economy’ fool you. Despite being a less expensive variety, Rancher Special is a great alfalfa suited to a wide range of ecosystems in the lower 48 states. It will perform in all climates except very wet topic areas (like Florida, the Gulf Coast and South Texas) and very hot arid areas. It is widely adapted to a variety of climates and soil types. It is deep rooted and moderately drought tolerant. It is best adapted to well drained, deep soils with a pH range of approximately 6.4-7.3. Rancher Special is very winter hardy.

Rancher Special is cleaned, tested, coated and treated to the same exacting standards as our other alfalfas.

Fall Dormancy: 3
Winter Hardiness: 3
Recommended seeding rate: 20 lbs. per acre
Planting Time: Early spring: After hard freezing conditions have ended
Planting Time: Late summer or early fall: Allow 4-6 weeks of growth before the first hard frost

Treated with Pre-Vail

Also consider Lander Alfalfa

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