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PLANET is one of the best alfalfa varieties. It has a good resistance to Verticillium and Fusarium as well as high persistence and stable yields. Another advantage of PLANET is its high green matter and protein yield in all cuts. PLANET can be used for three continuous years and is especially useful on sites susceptible to Verticillium.
Due to the excellent variety performance, PLANET is listed in many Eastern European countries (DE, PL, RU, BY, UA, TR; in trials in SI, KZ). PLANET is in dormancy group 3-4*.

In March 2014, Planet was awarded a golden medal for being an outstanding product during the 14th Ferma Bydła, the largest and most important trade fair for livestock farming in Poland. The alfalfa PLANET received this great honour for its excellent combination of the most important alfalfa variety characteristics - high dry matter and protein yields, very good over-wintering and health. Due to these characteristics, PLANET is readily and successfully cultivated by a number of agricultural enterprises in Poland.

* Most alfalfa plants go dormant in the fall in preparation for winter. Early fall dormant types show very little growth after the September clipping, later fall dormant types demonstrate substantial growth. Fall dormancy is measured on a (1-9) scale, where 1=very early fall dormant and 9=non-dormant. The fall dormancy classes (2-4) are winterhardy types.

National listing/Official recommendation:
BY, DE, KZ, PL, RU, TR, UA

  • Rapid spring development
  • Good winter hardiness
  • Suitable for three-year use
  • Good resistance to alfalfa wilt and fusarium
  • Medium to high dry matter and protein yield in all cuts
  • Good regrowth ability
  • High proportion of leaves

Agronomic properties

Beginning of flowering
4
early to inter
Early growth development
5
medium
Stem length - full development
6
medium to long
Beginning of flowering
4
early to inter
Early growth development
5
medium
Stem length - full development
6
medium to long

Tends to

Lodging
4
low to medium
Winter hardiness
5
medium
Lodging
4
low to medium
Winter hardiness
5
medium

Yield characteristics

Dry matter yield total
5
medium
Dry matter yield - 1st cut
5
medium
Dry matter yield - further cuts
5
medium
Dry matter yield total
5
medium
Dry matter yield - 1st cut
5
medium
Dry matter yield - further cuts
5
medium

Quality

Crude protein content
6
medium to high

Source: Bundessortenamt (Federal Plant Variety Office, Germany) 2020 | () = Breeder rating

Crude protein content
6
medium to high

Source: Bundessortenamt (Federal Plant Variety Office, Germany) 2020 | () = Breeder rating

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All specified information is given to the best of our knowledge and belief, but without guarantee on completeness and correctness. Despite care we cannot guarantee that the described characteristics are repeatable / comprehensive in agricultural practice in each case. Deutsche Saatveredelung AG excludes adhesion for damage or claims for damages, resulting of the use for the variety specified in this description.