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Organic Blue River Road Runner Alfalfa

  • Blue River’s best selling variety
  • Excellent combination of disease resistance and persistence
  • Consistent yields and quality over many locations in the Midwest, East, and (under irrigation) Southwest
  • Finer stems for better forage quality and digestibility
  • Available with OMRI-approved seed coating



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We carry a wide range of Blue River organic and Viking non-GMO alfalfa varieties to fit most farming systems and budgets. Explore our the entire lineup of high-yielding, top-quality alfalfa varieties available through Albert Lea Seed below.

For practical knowledge and friendly advice on which alfalfa varieties to select for your farm, reach out to your local Albert Lea Seed dealer or give us a call 800.352.5247.

Organic Blue River Road Runner Alfalfa
Performance Table
VarietyW.S.IFD# of CuttingsTraffic TolerancePoorly-Drained SoilsD.R.IAphanomyces Race 1Aphanomyces Race 2Phyto. Root RotVertic. Root RotBacterial WiltFusarium WiltAnthracnoseStem NematodePea Aphid Tol
Organic Blue River Road Runner Alfalfa2.04.03-43432/35HRMRHRRHRHRHRHRID
Organic Blue River 444LH Alfalfa1.83.93-44430/30HRMRHRHRHRHRHRMRID
Organic Blue River 320LH/AP Alfalfa1.93.23-43534/35HRRHRHRHRHRHRMRHR
Organic Blue River Bluebird LH/AP Alfalfa253-54535/35HRHRHRHRHRHRHRMRR
Organic Blue River 520AP Alfalfa254-54434/35HRHRHRRHRHRHRRHR
Organic Blue River 372HD Alfalfa2.03.64-53430/30HRSHRHRHRHRHRRR
Organic Blue River 3800 Alfalfa2.14.03-54429/30RSHRHRHRHRHRIDHR
Organic Blue River 340M Brand Alfalfa2.03.03-43327/30RSRHRHRHRRIDR
Organic Blue River Swift Alfalfa2.04.03-44431/35RMRHRHRHRRHRHRHR
Organic Blue River Finch Alfalfa1.94.74-64435/35HRHRHRHRHRHRHRRID
Organic Matrix Creeping Alfalfa2.02.52-35325/30RSRMRHRRHRIDR
Organic Hardy Brand Alfalfa2.22.01-23211/30SSSSMRRSIDID
Organic Honest John Alfalfa2.53.53-43529/30HRSHRHRRHRHRIDID




  • Hay
  • Silage
  • Pasture
  • Cover Crop


  • Superior yield and protein to other forage.
  • Good re-growth after cutting or grazing.
  • Breeding for improved winterhardiness, yield and disease resistance.
  • Well adapted to drought-prone soils
  • Excellent biomass accumulation & N fixation


  • Potential to cause bloat when grazed
  • Not well-suited to wet soils


Plant Information

Good to excellent depending on variety and fertilization (Potash is essential for increasing winterhardiness and stand survival)

Excellent (for established stands)

Wet soil tolerance:
Select varieties with Phytophthora & Aphanomyces resistance

Average Nitrogen Fixation:
100 – 150 lbs N /acre

Forage Yield Range:
3 – 8 DM ton / A (average 2- to 4-cut system)

Relative Forage Quality:
147 – 186 (index value)

Seed and Seeding Info

Seeds per lb:
200,000 to 220,000

Seeding Rate Alone:
15-20 lbs /acre

Seeding Rate in Mixtures:
15 lbs / acre when mixed with grass

Range of Seeding Dates:
Spring or late summer (April – Mid-May and Aug. 5 – 25th in Southern MN)

Methods of seeding:
Broadcast and drag – Drill ; Rolling or cultipacking helps. Often seeded with a small grain cover crop when planted in the spring. Later summer seedings should be direct seeded to minimize competition.

Best seeding depth:
½ to ¾ Inch

Best Soil types:
Well-drained light soils (loam to sandy loam in texture)

pH tolerances:
6.5 to 7.0


University of Minnesota field tests show that seeding an alfalfa/grass mix comprised of 30% to 40% grasses achieves higher yields in the final stand. In fact, orchardgrass or tall fescue mixtures with alfalfa had approximately 15% more milk production potential per acre compared to alfalfa alone.

See premixed  options in our Hay & Pasture Mixes section or individual grass varieties in the Cool Season Grasses section. Ask about our custom mixing!


Yield. Alfalfa-grass mixtures will often provide greater yield than direct-seeded alfalfa.

Drying rate. Grasses like orchardgrass, tall fescue, meadow fescue, smooth bromegrass, and timothy increase hay drying rates.

Feeding value. Grasses add higher fiber (NDF) digestibility than alfalfa which increases relative forage quality (RFQ).

Weed suppression. Grasses provide competition and cover to edge out weeds.


Cultural and Harvest Information

As a grazing crop:
Alfalfa can be grazed alone or in a mixture but special attention must be given to minimize the potential of bloat. This risk can be minimized by seeding alfalfa with grasses. To prolong the longevity of the stand, it must be grazed evenly and stocked adequately. Interseeding grasses into thin patches can maintain the uniformity of the sod under heavy grazing pressure. Alfalfa seeded into an existing stand will often not establish due to autotoxicity of alfalfa plants.

As a haying crop:
Seeding Year – When alfalfa is spring seeded, the first cutting can be made 60 days after emergence if one cutting during the seeding year is allowed to reach early bloom before it is harvested. Normally up to two to three harvests may be made in the year of a spring seeding, depending on the length of the growing season, fertility of the soil and available moisture.

Established Stands – For high-quality alfalfa, make the first cutting at mid- to full bud stage. Cutting pre- or early bud alfalfa is not recommended because there is a higher risk reducing the stand. If an alfalfa stand has been weakened by winter stress, make the first cutting at the early- to midbloom stage. Summer cuttings are permitted at early bloom (approximately 35 days between cuttings). Avoid cutting alfalfa during the 6-week period prior to the average hard frost date (generally between early September and mid-October).

If harvests are delayed until mid-October, leave a 4- to 6-inch stubble to protect the crown and to catch snow for added insulation over winter.

Harvest schedules for alfalfa-grass mixtures should be based on the growth stage of the alfalfa as it relates to the species of grass used in the mix.

As a cover crop:
Alfalfa is an excellent plowdown crop for building productive, healthy soils on the farm. Alfalfa is fairly slow to establish but yields tremendous biomass and fixes large amounts of N at when mature. Alfalfa as a plowdown crop/cover crop can be fit into multiple rotations. Alfalfa is successfully sown with a nurse crop of spring small grains and can be tilled under in the fall of that same year. Established alfalfa can also been retained for pasture or forage and plowed under when the stand is weak or less productive. To maintain maximum cover crop & soil building potential, allow maximum growth on the alfalfa and refrain from harvesting. Improved, high fall dormancy varieties are ideal for use as a cover crop in the upper-Midwest; their low winterhardiness rating allows them to die off over the winter months. Inexpensive alfalfa blends may also be used if value is a consideration.


  • 10% if paid by Sept. 30, 2023
  • 7% if paid by Nov. 30, 2023
  • 5% if paid by Dec. 30, 2023
  • 3% if paid by Jan. 30, 2024

Not available with John Deere Financing.
Available on corn, soybeans, and alfalfa seed only.

Boxed Corn and Soybeans

  • Seed corn is available in 40-unit (80M/unit) hard-sided pro-boxes or soft-sided tote bags at no additional charge
  • Soybeans are available in 40-unit (140M/Unit or 110M/unit) soft-sided tote bags at no additional charge.
  • Soybeans are available in 40-unit (140M/unit or 110M/unit) hard-sided pro-boxes for an additional $3/unit
  • Orders for boxes or totes must be placed by Feb. 29, 2024
  • Bulk boxes must be returned by June 30, 2024
  • Cost of returning boxes is the responsibility of the customer
  • $600 deposit per box invoiced at time of delivery

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0% Fixed Dec. 30, 2023 Jan. 2025
Prime -3% Jan. 30, 2024 Jan. 2025
Prime +3% Sept. 30, 2024 Jan. 2025

  • Available on corn, soybeans, and alfalfa
  • $2,500 minimum purchase.
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