Kansas State University researchers are ready to launch a study on an alfalfa variety that could be more pleasing on cow’s stomachs and producers’ bottom line.
Doohong Min, associate professor of agronomy, is leading a team from K-State and the University of Nebraska, which recently received $500,000 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute for Food and Agriculture to test growing conditions and conduct feeding trials with low-lignin alfalfa.
Lignin is the component that gives strength to the alfalfa plant, but limits digestion in cows and other ruminant animals. At least two recent alfalfa varieties are now on the market with low- or reduced-lignin properties, Min said.
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