Our Top Lucerne Selections

Stamina GT5

The ultimate choice for grazing tolerant lucerne

Stamina® GT5 lucerne is an outstanding semi dormant lucerne that offers flexibility and excellent quality. Stamina GT5 has stood out during extreme testing as the outstanding lucerne for grazing tolerance which gives confidence that Stamina GT5 will handle many management regimes and come out sound and continue to be a productive stand of lucerne

Stamina GT6

The first grazing tolerant lucerne for the Australian market

Stamina® GT6 combines useful winter growth, great persistence and the ability to tolerate set stocking of sheep. It provides excellent yield and quality during warmer growing months. Stamina GT6 was the first lucerne released for Australian farmers trialled under the internationally recognised Standard Test Protocol for grazing tolerant lucernes.

Haymaster 7

Ideal option for premium lucerne hay production

Haymaster® 7 is a premium quality, winter-active (7) lucerne with a dense, upright and dark green leafy growth habit. Haymaster 7 provides significant advantages in yield, quality, insect and pest resistance. It has fine stems and low stem fibre for highly digestible hay, fast regrowth and long stand life.

Haymaster 9

Highly winter active for premium lucerne production

Haymaster 9 is a new lucerne to the Australian market. It is a great option for producers looking for a premium quality, highly winter active lucerne for hay and/or grazing. With the new salt tolerant trait, Haymaster 9 demonstrates increased germination and yield performance in marginally saline soils.

Lucerne Overview

Lucerne is a highly adaptable forage cultivar that has the ability to survive extended dry periods resulting from it’s deep roots. It is a reliable cultivar for use as extensive pasture, intensive forage and fodder under irrigation.

When sown as a pasture, it can improve soil nitrogen levels, soil structure and control crop and some summer growing weeds. It’s high nutritive value, relative to other fodder at comparable growth phases, delivers high in protein metabolisable energy, vitamins and minerals. It can also be used as a special purpose pasture to finish prime lambs and beef cattle in late spring and summer when other pasture species are low in protein and may have dried off.

Understanding Dormancy Groups

Lucernes have a dormancy number which has been developed to assist farmers choose the right dormancy of lucerne to meet their farming operation. The table below explains the difference between dormancies.


Dormancy Chracter Details
1-3 Winter Dormant No winter growth – very short growing season
4-5 Semi-Winter Dormant Very little growth in winter but excellent persistence and summer quality for hay and or grazing. Excellent broadacre and specialist hay/grazing types but may need other species for winter feed
6-7 Winter-Active Dense and reasonably persistent, dual purpose types
8-9 Highly Winter-Active Up to 3,000kg/DM in winter. Ideal short term stands for South West Victoria, good seedling vigour and fast recovery from cutting
10-11 Very Highly Winter-Active Best suited to Northern New South Wales and Queensland for short-term hay stands

Grazing Lucerne

Autumn sowing

  • Under irrigation or dryland where soil temperatures are 15-25 degrees Celsius and plants can establish before cold winter temperatures (and frosts)
  • Better suited to winter-active and highly winter-active varieties

Late Winter-Spring Sowing

  • Enables plants to establish into increasing soil temperatures and allows good control of winter germinating weeds
  • Plant early enough to ensure top soil is not drying out whilst seeds are trying to germinate
  • Suited to all dormancies but especially more dormant cultivars

Moisture

  • Sow into good moisture, with good soil friability – not sticky

Depth

  • 10-15mm – drop or shallow drill, cover with light harrows or mesh and roll to maximise germination
Weed Control
  • Usually undertaken in mid/late winter after good germination of weeds
  • Identify weeds correctly and seek advice as to most appropriate herbicide(s) to use and correct rates
  • Rotate herbicide groups over time to avoid herbicide resistance problems
  • Ensure that the label for all chemicals is read and understood so as to know the withholding period (WHP), rainfastness and other important information about the chemical prior to use