Authors: Bonnie Flohr1, Rick Llewellyn1, Therese McBeath1, Roy Latta2, Michael Moodie2
Research Team: Bill Davoren1, Willie Shoobridge1
1CSIRO Agriculture & Food Waite Campus, 2Frontier Farming
Funded By: The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources through its Rural RD for Profit Program, GRDC, MLA and AWI, in partnership with SARDI, CSIRO and Charles Sturt University
Project Title: Boosting profit and reducing risk on mixed farms in low and medium rainfall areas with novel legume pastures enabled by innovative management methods
Peer Review: Andrew Colaco (CSIRO), Ross Ballard (SARDI)
Key Words: legume pastures, establishment, dry-matter production
- Field experiments located near Waikerie and Piangil are evaluating establishment methods (summer, twin and autumn sowing).
- Although the alternative pasture species established adequate plant numbers under the establishment methods, they may be less productive than medic.
- Serradella, Rose clover and Bladder clover performed well under summer sowing, however under twin sowing, establishment and production for the all legume species was poor at Waikerie.
- Further investigation is required to define the conditions where summer- and twin-sowing practices are reliable