Product Used: ML99 Multileaf Lucerne Highly Winter Active
ML99 has demonstrated an ability to be a great all-round lucerne on the property of Michael Lyons, at Thornton, in the Lockyer Valley of southern Queensland.
Mr Lyons said he originally planted ML99 in 2013 but had to replant after floods that year made a mess of the paddock.
The area was one of the first to be sown again and the lucerne established quickly and was ready for its first cut in the spring later that year.
Three seasons on, the ML99 is still performing strongly and providing hay options throughout spring and summer and even into the cooler months of winter.
Mr Lyons said the high winter activity of ML99 meant it continued to grow throughout the cooler months and provided opportunities for hay at that time of year.
“I’ve found it to be a very good all-round lucerne. It is very leafy, with thin stalks and makes a good bale.”
He said ML99 was particularly quick to recover after each hay cut and demonstrated excellent regrowth at all times of the year.
This was particularly noticeable in the cooler months where the variety is able to still produce growth.
Hay on the property is normally harvested into small square bales and either used to feed cattle on-farm or stored in the shed and sold to a range of end-users in the winter time.
“I feed it out to the weaners as they need it,” Mr Lyons said. “They do very well on it.”
Feedback from a range of end users has been very positive with high quality, premium hay produced from the variety.
The lucerne was generally cut every 28 days across the summer and early autumn months and lengthened out during the cooler months.
Mr Lyons said there were some occasions when wet weather intervened and forced the lucerne to sit there for a week or two past its optimum cutting period.
He said ML99 hung on particularly well and kept its leaf attached to the stalks right down to the ground.
“When it gets a bit old we don’t have too much trouble with it,” he said.
As ML99 completed its third summer of production it continued to perform strongly and is likely to remain a viable option for a number of seasons to come.
Michael Lyons, of Thornton, QLD, has found ML99 lucerne to be a great all-round variety.