Washington Alfalfa/Alfalfa Seed Facts

  • ALFALFA is an important agronomic crop in Washington State, with 430,000 acres harvested in 2016 for a production value of $311 million.
  • Washington ranks 2nd nationally in production of ALFALFA SEED, with 15,875 acres in production in 2015, valued at almost $35 million.
  • Washington’s alfalfa seed is a major factor in national and international alfalfa production, which in turn supports the dairy and livestock industries.
  • Washington’s alfalfa seed growing regions are among the nation’s most productive, due in large part to the efficiency of specialty pollinators
a alkali bee on a purple alfalfa bloom.

Alfalfa leafcutting bee

A bee on a purple alfalfa bloom.

Alkali bee