Ranger Alfalfa

  • Scientific name: Medicago sativa
  • The “Old Standby”
  • Non-certified
  • Excellent drought tolerance
  • Adapted to variable soil conditions
  • Winterhardy and persistent
  • Well know, proven variety

Minimum order quantity of 10 pounds

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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Ranger Alfalfa (Medicago sativa) is an all purpose dryland variety that is familiar to many farmers/ranchers. It is a good producing, tough, winter hardy alfalfa. It recovers quickly after cutting, has plants that vary in habit of growth from semi-upright to upright. Has a resistance to bacterial wilt, but is susceptible to leaf spot disease.

Ranger alfalfa (Medicago sativa) is a familiar variety to many ranchers and farmers. It has been on the market as a loved, all-purpose dryland for decades. Considered “The Old Standby”, many farmers remember dad or grandpa planting this faithful, long lived variety. This is our non-certified offering. If you would like certified Ranger, please see our Ranger II Alfalfa page.

Ranger was eveloped by the Nebraska Agricultural Experiment Station and USDA and released in 1942. It is a multi-strain variety selected from Cossack, Turkistan and Ladak. Due to its varied parentage, the plants show individual characteristics. Variegated and yellow flowers are both found.

Ranger is a good producing, tough, winter hardy alfalfa. It shows some resistance to bacterial wilt, but is susceptible to leaf spot diseases. It’s drought tolerance make it an excellent candidate for dry land plantings and pasture mixes. It recovers quickly after cutting, has plants that vary in habit of growth from semi- upright to upright.

Ranger characteristics and usefulness have been outdone by newer, superior varieties but it remains a strong seller and is requested over and over again. Once of it’s last remaining holds in the alfalfa market is that is that it is less expensive that other, better performing alfalfas. It still fills an important role in the alfalfa market.

Plant at 20 pounds per acre or if used in a grass mix adjust seeding percentages to meet your goals. Ranger alfalfa was used in our Dryland Pasture Mix for many years but has been replaced by Ladak 65 for improved drought tolerance and overall better agronomic package.

We carry a new, improved strain of Ranger called Ranger II Alfalfa. See it on our website here.

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Many plants have more than one common and scientific name. We've listed a few of them below.

  • Ranger Alfalfa
  • Medicago sativa

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