Performance of alfalfa cultivars in the Cerrado ecosystem of Minas Gerais State, Brazil

The objective of this work was to evaluate the yields of alfalfa cultivars in the Cerrado region of Minas Gerais State, Brazil. A randomized block design with three replications was used. During the dry and rainy season, significant differences were observed among cultivars for forage production, crude protein content, leaf:stem ratio, insect and disease resistance. The Crioula and P 30 cultivars had the best performance for forage production and resistance to insects and diseases. These cultivars are recommended for forage production in the Cerrado region of the Metallurgic Zone of Minas Gerais State.

Medicago sativa; forage; dry matter content; crude protein; pest resistance

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