Western alfalfa producers are planting new fields this fall and one of the biggest questions is how much of it will be varieties with the Roundup Ready trait.

Fall is traditionally when growers establish new alfalfa fields and this year is the first time in about five years that legal action by radical environmental groups has not hindered planting of the glyphosate-resistant forage crop in the fall, although some acreage went in early in 2007 before an injunction stopped the sale of the seed.

Dan Putnam, University of California forage Extension specialist, is conducting a grower survey to see how many acres of RR alfalfa are being planted now.

Putnam said he is conducting the survey of alfalfa growers to “better understand your experiences and current views of the technology. We are looking for the experiences of all alfalfa farmers, both those who have grown RRA as well as those who have not grown RRA. We want to hear from all growers (small or large, conventional or organic) who produce alfalfa for any purpose,” Putnam said.

This is the link to the survey:

http://ucce.ucdavis.edu/survey/survey.cfm?surveynumber=7247

Results will be published (with participants kept confidential) at the Western Alfalfa and Forage Symposium Dec. 11-13, 2011 in Las Vegas, posted on the web, and emailed to participants.

So far about 150 growers have participated. Putnam said he would like to have many more participate.

The survey will be closed Nov. 1.

The survey only takes about 15 minutes.