The University of Arizona (UA) has 2008 brochures available on nondormant alfalfa varieties and small grain varieties for Arizona.

Guide to Arizona Alfalfa Varieties

The brochure “Nondormant Alfalfa Varieties for Arizona 2008” is an update of an annual publication available at http://ag.arizona.edu/pubs/crops/az1267.pdf.

The brochure includes guidelines for selecting an alfalfa variety and a list of 49 nondormant alfalfa varieties that shows pest resistance ratings, yields, and final stand figures for the Parker-Yuma, Maricopa-Tucson, and Safford areas.

Nondormant alfalfa varieties are adapted to mild winter areas in Arizona. An alfalfa variety should be selected based on dormancy class, potential pest problems, university yield trials, and on-farm tests, according to Mike Ottman, agronomist, UA Department of Plant Sciences.

Small Grain Varieties for Arizona

Durum, barley, and wheat are staples of Southwestern grain production. The newly updated “Small Grain Varieties for Arizona 2008” summarizes differing production characteristics for seven barley varieties, 13 durum varieties and two wheat varieties.

The brochure is available at http://cals.arizona.edu/pubs/crops/az1265.pdf. For more information, contact Ottman at (520) 621-1583 or mottman@ag.arizona.edu.