Moving further south, where areas have been inundated with rainfall and wetter than average seasons; Nutrients (including Nitrogen) have been removed from the soil due to higher yields and leaching (caused by the increased rainfall). Incorporating more legumes into theses systems will help improve soil conditions and increase soil Nitrogen levels for future crops in which the previous crops have mined from the soil.
In these areas, Melissa recommends incorporating Stamina® GT5 grazing tolerant lucerne this spring “Stamina GT5 is renowned for its resilience to hard grazings and exceptional performance in dryland environments meaning the Nitrogen fixation benefits can last for longer (7 to 10 years) compared to traditional varieties that may need to be pulled out after 3 years. Additionally, as a dual-purpose variety, it offers versatility for hay stands that may be occasionally grazed, providing flexibility in management practices.”
DLF Seeds proprietary seed legume varieties, such as the Stamina® lucerne range, V8™ stylo, Caatinga stylo and more along with clovers in Rocket Fuel™, are an excellent option for farmers looking to fix free atmospheric N into their soil and reduce their reliance on fertilisers.
“Ultimately, legumes are an attractive option for grazing systems as they are a cost-effective and sustainable source of Nitrogen,” Melissa concludes.
For more information on DLF Seeds varieties, including our range of legumes, visit dlfseeds.com.au.