Lucerne breeding brings seed success

QUALITY FEED: Bred for Upper Murray Seeds, the leafy variety of lucerne has a rapid regrowth rate and will persist through tough, dry conditions. Photo: Supplied
QUALITY FEED: Bred for Upper Murray Seeds, the leafy variety of lucerne has a rapid regrowth rate and will persist through tough, dry conditions. Photo: Supplied

BRED by Australia's leader in lucerne breeding, Dr Ian Kaehne, nothing surpasses the 'Silver' varieties of marketed by Upper Murray Seeds.

SilverLand GT (Grazing Tolerant) is an extremely persistent, moderately winter-active variety that withstands significant grazing pressure and has a high level of disease and pest resistance.

Australian bred from 40 years' lucerne breeding expertise, key features of SilverLand GT include persistence due to a low crown, suitable for good winter rainfall areas and has a proven saline tolerance of up to 10,000ppm.

Suitable to inland regions of Australia, SilverLand GT grows well on a wide range of well-drained soils including deep loams, sands, loam over gravel or clay and is likely to persist for up to 10 years.

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Upper Murray Seeds Tamworth-based agronomist, Tony Christian said SilverLand GT is highly regarded due to its ability to produce top quality, out-of-season feed.

"It has a high leaf-to-stem ratio, excellent palatability and digestibility, and has good levels of metabolisable energy making it a reliable source of crude protein."

SilverSky is another outstanding lucerne variety that sets the bar high in terms of dry matter production, performing extremely well through both winter and summer and making it ideal across a wide range of forage systems.

"We launched our new lucerne varieties in August at AgQuip - we'll now showcase these milestone varieties at ANFD at Orange," he said.