Taipan is a mid maturing balansa clover that provides early spring feed and has high levels of hard seed which allows for flexibility when seasons are dry. Taipan suits a wide range of soil types, is tolerant of moderate soil salinity, has excellent waterlogging tolerance and can grow in areas of medium rainfall. For high dry matter production, grow Taipan for quality hay or as part of a perennial pasture system.
Sowing rate (sole): 5-8kg/ha
Sowing rate (mixed): 1-2kg/ha
Taipan balansa clover is typically sown at 2-12 kg/ha in autumn with pasture mixes that have grasses and other clovers included or can be used with short term forage options such as ryegrasses including Ascend & Concord II in autumn to boost spring growth and quality.
Taipan can also be added at 2-12 kg/ha with spring sown cereals, Italian ryegrasses such as Concord II/Feast® II/Lush and forage brassicas to produce high quality feed in spring/early summer.
For pasture seed sowing rates specific to your farming needs, contact your local DLF Seeds Sales Agronomist here
The first grazing of mixtures with Taipan and other grasses and clovers should be light and occur when seedlings cannot be pulled out or trampled by grazing stock. Usually this will be 6 weeks or more after sowing.
Due to the degree of seed-hardiness of balansa, some seeds will continue to germinate over a period of time, if allowed to set-seed in the first season it will continue to contribute to the pasture sward.
Minimum 450mm rainfall per annum unless irrigated