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A Little Bit About Us

Great Basin Seed has a proud heritage in the Intermountain West seed industry. Our family lineage and business heritage are directly linked to the beginnings of reclamation, revegetation and wildlife habitat improvement.


Great Basin Seed
450 South 50 East
Ephraim, UT 84627

Contact Info

435.283.1411 (Office)
435.283.6872 (Fax)

Questions? Gives us a call at 435.283.1411 Monday – Friday from 8am – 5pm.

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Ranger alfalfa 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.

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 Ranger alfalfa was used in our Dryland Pasture Mix for many years but has been replaced by Ladak 65 for improved drought tolerance and overall better agronomic package.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.


Weight 1 lbs
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1 review for Ranger Alfalfa

  1. (verified owner)

    This seed was hard to find, but Great Basin Seeds had it in stock and shipped it quickly. We had it within a couple days. Our first experience buying seeds online, and Great Basin made it quick and easy.

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