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S&W Seed acquires rights to dormant alfalfa genetics

S&W Seed announced it has purchased the rights to a portfolio of alfalfa varieties suited for colder climate conditions, thereby expanding its alfalfa genetics to include dormant varieties. Since 1980, S&W has focused on breeding and producing non dormant alfalfa seed, known as 8, 9 and 10 dormancies that are suited to warm climates. This purchase is the first time the company has ventured into seed genetics for colder climates, where dormancies of two, three and four dormancies are appropriate. As part of the acquisition, the company will also be acquiring select multi leaf alfalfa and orchard grass varieties which the company expects will supplement alfalfa seed sales going forward. S&W expects to commence production on its first dormant seed varieties this fall, with seed available for sale in the fall of 2013.