Australia is a land of extremes, highlighted over the last year of droughts and floods. However, in this time of adversity, the usefulness of lucerne on many farms across the country shines.
As the most frequently grown and highest yielding perennial forage legume crop across the globe, lucerne is highly efficient, producing more protein per unit area than any other forage legume. This is primarily due to its robust nature to survive harsh environments, and flexibility to thrive in more productive times. Anywhere this diverse and adaptable species can be grown, producers should have lucerne in their pasture rotation. Sowing more lucerne on your farm is not only droughtproofing your future – its fast-tracking your productivity and profitability.
Pasture Genetics is the premier lucerne supplier in Australia, and we strive and continue to invest in the breeding, development and selection of the best lucerne varieties suited to the Australian environment. The team at our Penfield Research Station are pushing lucerne cultivars to their limits. Across the country, our continual lucerne trial sites continue to deliver exceptional results, giving confidence in our current varieties for local producers, as well as selecting material for future variety development. Traits critical in our selection include the ability to withstand trampling and punishment from heavy and close grazing animals. Currently, we are focusing on our most premium lucerne varieties, where both forage quantity and quality are equally important, with the development of our ‘Q’ series lucerne. ‘Q’ varieties, such as Q31 and Q75, have been tested explicitly in laboratory feed tests to ensure they deliver the highest quality feed when harvested. This comes from better leaf to stem ratio, as well as premium leaf holding capacity when making hay. Superior pest and disease resistance also mean that these high-quality lucerne stands last longer and provide more value for both the grower and consumer.
We pride ourselves on our variety development process, and production and distribution of locally grown seed. Pasture Genetics exports lucerne varieties worldwide, which is a credit to the demand for quality lucerne genetics globally, and the ability of our seed growers to produce world-class seed of superior purity and germination. Now is the time to take advantage of years of breeding and genetics focused on our local Australian conditions, as the rest of the world is starting to take notice of our achievements.
Please also take the time to contact any of our knowledgeable staff when planning your lucerne pasture sowing this year, as well as taking in the useful information contained within this guide. Pasture Genetics has you covered with the Establishment Guarantee™ and our powerhouse Goldstrike® seed treatment package, to ensure that we are helping you secure the best result possible, and share any risk along the way.
I wish you all the best for the 2019 season and successful lucerne planting, and welcome your thoughts and feedback at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Image: Pasture Genetics CEO Rob Damin.