Product Used: L70 Lucerne Winter Active
The hay made from L70 lucerne has proven to be ideal for chaff making on the Moore property, at Kalbar, in the Fassifern Valley of southern Queensland.
Scott Moore said they moved across to L70 lucerne four years ago and have been very impressed with the variety over that time.
“It has been a good all-rounder with decent yields and good quality.”
He said they had initially wanted to try something different and needed lucerne with nice fine stems and good leaf to use in their chaffing operation.
“You can tell a lot about a lucerne variety when you chaff it,” he said. “With the chaff we like a bit of nice, fine lucerne.”
A bag of chaff is generally made from one and a half lucerne bales and is delivered to produce stores and sold to horse customers.
Mr Moore said they also sold a lot of small square bales to horse people around the region and had very good feedback on the product made from L70.
Lucerne on the property is normally sown in late autumn and is ready to cut from September through to the autumn of the following year.
The majority of production comes in the first three months of the season with the hay cut every four weeks.
L91 lucerne was also planted on the property last season and has impressed in its first full year of production.
“I think it is going to be similar to L70 but it does have a bit more growth during the winter,” Mr Moore said.
The winter growth will be a good option this season with Moby forage barley planned to be direct drilled straight into the lucerne stand.
As a quicker forage option, the plan is to harvest the Moby and lucerne for hay in late August or early September.
This provides an option for a barley / lucerne blended hay bale which is in
demand by customers at that time of year and also provides a handy cash flow.
“It would be good to have hay coming in at the start of spring,” Mr Moore said.
The property also has established a long-term lucerne trial comparing varieties of different dormancies for persistence and hay quality.
Mr Moore said it was an interesting exercise to look at the more dormant varieties with their lower crown, in comparison to the winter active ones utilised in the commercial crop.
Scott Moore, at Kalbar, QLD, has had good success with L70 lucerne for hay and chaff