November 14, 2016

360-D (Dryland/Low Water Alfalfa)

Todd Ferry established 360-D four years ago in Washington on dryland with no irrigation for the life of the field. On May 23, 2018, these pictures were taken. The alfalfa is knee high and almost ready to cut. 


Jamie Mackrell established 360-D on a sandy slope where alfalfa had always struggled to establish. This photo is the 3rd cutting. Water had been obsolete from the end of the 2nd cutting prior. 360-D has a unique ability to over come moisture stress.

A tough dryland alfalfa can give you:

• Better Weaning Weights
• Better Conception Rates
• Nitrogen Fertilization for Grasses
• Side-by-Side–Almost twice as tall as Ranger or Ladak

360-D is tough enough to dormant seed with your range grasses in November and December. The winter will not kill this unique variety that will last 20 years.


Here is why your drylands alfalfa seed is coated


Many years ago, we planted alfalfa plots at Eastern Oregon Farms, Hermiston, Oregon. Breeders provided small packets of "raw" alfalfa seed for the trial, and used some of my "coated" varieties as checks. After planting on sandy ground, the pivot watered the plots adequately for good germination, but before the pivot could come around for a second watering, the wind had blown and dried out the sandy ground. The coated seed had swelled up and stayed soggy long enough to get a root hair down for survival till the pivot came back around.

If you have planted coated seed in the past you may have left it in the drill overnight without throwing a tarp over the drill. The next morning you likely found a swelling up mass of "goo". The coated seed did what it was supposed to do–retain moisture. You will have a better dry land alfalfa stand with coated seed. It's not the number of seeds in a bag; it's the surviving plants per square feet.

Railroad Hay Co. near Nyala, Nevada 
alkali soils being tested for alkali tolerance in small containers 
Many of the other alfalfas could not take the alkali, but 360-D did extremely well. Note: the two front containers.

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See what our clients have to say about 360-D

"We planted alfalfa variety plots across a pivot that only pumped 400 gallons. When it got hot the other varieties all bloomed early, and they were done! The 360-D produced a tremendous crop of hay. We are ordering more 360-D for 2017!"  Verdell Olson, Salmon, Idaho

"360-D was one of our top yielders. It made 2 ton on dryland, one cut, and out yielded our irrigation alfalfa. Side note: When we grew 360-D about 25 years ago it is our recollection that it stayed in rotation about 12 years." Clare Olson, Hill City, Idaho

"360-D established on Arena Valley sand when nothing else would. We still cut an extra cutting after we ran out of water!"  Randy Sedlucek, Wilder, Idaho

"360-D is still among our top yielders." Max Wilson, Corral, Idaho


"360-D made 2 ton on one cut (dryland)! We want more!" Brett Casperson, Lava Hot Springs, Idaho

"360-D did as well as our best alfalfa. We are happy with 360-D." Matt McLam, Fairfield, Idaho

"We were able to establish 360-D on a sandy hillside. We’re surprised and happy with the variety." Jaime Mackrill, Parma, Idaho

"We planted 360-D on our worst piece of ground. It was rocky and could not produce wheat over the last 8 years. 360-D really impressed us and the neighbors. Because of the coated seed we got a beautiful stand. The yield is amazing. We want more 360-D!"  Roger Rawle, Alliance, Nebraska

"When we planted it was a very dry year, but the coated seed gave us a surprisingly good stand. Looks very good so far." Todd Ferry, West of Spokane, Washington

"Four and one half inches of rainfall and a full one ton cutting on dry land. We’re happy and we’ve ordered more!"  Chad Swanson, Pederoy, Montana

"360-D turned out better than Ranger!" Bob Evans, Crook, Colorado

"We’ve tried lots of varieties, but 360-D grew when others would not!" Ross Rino, Mitchell, Oregon

"Under very dry and cold conditions 360-D still made 2 ton (dryland)." Lee Insko, Elgin, Oregon