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Introduction to Lucerne

Lucerne is a perennial legume and a valuable crop worldwide, with approximately 3.2 million hectares sown in Australia.

Lucerne has a deep taproot which can extract available water from the soil profile and also has high water use efficiency, making it a very drought tolerant species. 

Lucerne can fix its own Nitrogen and is proportional to the foliage grown (approximately 25kg N/t above ground dry matter). 

The question often asked is ‘why isn’t everyone growing it?’  

The role it can play and suitability on each individual farm will be different from region to region.

While there are some perceived limitations to growing lucerne, sound agronomic advice and practice during paddock selection, preparation, establishment and ongoing management for the life of a stand will go a long way in mitigating many of these.