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Alfalfa

After an 8,000-year journey, the "Queen of Forages" stands poised to enjoy renewed popularity

Michael Russelle

The oldest of all named forage crops—actually two species, Medicago sativa L. and Medicago falcata L.—alfalfa has properties that should make it an even more popular agricultural choice than it is. An excellent animal feed, it also improves the soil and can increase the yield of other crops. The author reviews the history of this important legume and looks into the future and new roles alfalfa may play in both agriculture and science.


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