Lucerne is commonly known as the king of forages. Lucerne is an extremely valuable feed source with the ability to grow 12 months of the year depending on the winter activity of the variety. Lucerne, with its deep root system, has the ability to stay green throughout the summer months, (acting as a fire break), provides quality green feed when moisture is limited, (when perennial grasses are dormant) and give graziers the ability to sell their stock when they want to. With dormancies ranging from 3 – 10, there is a Lucerne variety to suit your needs.
Sowing rates for Lucerne vary significantly because of the increased use of pre-coated seed. Dryland stands of Lucerne should be sown at a minimum of 6kg/ha and up to a maximum of 20kg/ha for irrigated fine quality hay production. We suggest slightly increasing the rates for coated seed varieties so you can be assured of getting similar plants per square metre established in your pasture.