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Lucerne
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Lucerne - Selecting the right variety for your paddocks
Seed Distributors - Science based pasture®
Lucerne - Selecting the right variety for your paddocks

1. "What do I want the lucerne in this paddock for?" (hay or grazing, or dual purpose)
2. "When is the hay or grazing needed?" (summer only, autumn and summer, etc)
3. "How long do I want the stand to last?" (3 year rotation, permanent pasture, etc)

 
Photographs courtesy of Success with Lucerne Publication 2000
  Winter Active Semi-dormant Winter-Dormant
Variety ML99 Multileaf
L91, Q75, L70
L56 Q31
Establishment vigour Excellent - suitable for cover cropping & pasture mixes with annual pastures Very good - suitable for cover cropping and pasture mixes with perennial grasses Good. Best sown alone - not recommended for winter sowing.
Growth 80% summer, 20% winter 90% summer, 10% winter 95% summer, 5% winter
Winter-hardiness Moderate High Very high
Maturity Fast regrowth, early maturity Similar regrowth rates to most winter actives. Extended cutting schedule and grazing period Shorter growth. Delayed maturity for maximum cutting< and grazing flexibility
Crown High and erect - strict rotational grazing Low and broader - good grazing tolerance Below ground and broad - excellent grazing tolerance
Forage quality Good quality hay and silage if given the best cutting management Very good quality hay, chaff and silage Premium grade hay, chaff and silage
Adaption Dryland and irrigation. Suitable for most soil types Dryland and irrigation. Suitable for soils ranging from deep sands to heavy clays Irrigation/coastal/cold climates. Best suited to medium and heavy soils
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