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Lucerne

Lucerne is a high-quality product with benefits for the livestock industry, particularly dairy, due to its fibre and nutritional content. It is a well-adapted crop to dryland and irrigation farming systems on a range of soil types. Lucerne increases organic matter for improved soil structure, lowers water tables and has the potential to minimise erosion on less stable soils.

Specific considerations for lucerne

As a legume, lucerne requires good levels of phosphorus to support growth and yields. In addition, lucerne prefers pH neutral soils and requires adequate levels of Molybdenum and Boron to achieve high yields. The use of BioAgPhos as a source of sustained release phosphorus supports the crop throughout the season, while also providing a liming effect on soils. Readily blended and applied, with either or both lime and gypsum, it can be applied as part of a pre-planting regime. Use of biostimulants will enhance early root growth and nutrient uptake, then as foliar applications stimulate vegetative growth.

The BioAg approach

BioAg nutrition programs are incorporated into a growers current nutrition program. Our objective is to make fertiliser and other inputs work better and build and support healthy and balanced soils and plants. Programs are custom-made for each block, using advanced soil and tissue analysis. These integrated programs typically incorporate a range of BioAg solid and liquid nutrients, often associated with conventional inputs. BioAg fertility programs can be developed to meet organic certification requirements.

Soil test

An experienced and Fertcare accredited BioAg agronomist works with you and provides technical expertise on your crop. If you don’t already have recent soil test data, we arrange a soil test for you. The results provide essential information about the soil fertility and soil structure for better performance.

A tailored program

Based on the results of soil tests, crop requirements and other factors such as soil structure, climate, history of the block, and targets that you are trying to achieve, we provide a tailored program that aims to improve soil fertility and maximise yield response. We support you through the program to ensure that inputs are applied at the right time, in the right way.

Leaf and tissue testing

Any nutritional program cannot foresee the changes in weather, disease, or pests, that may impact a crop.  During the season, growers may observe issues or evidence of stress in their crop. This may be due to greater growth or yields than planned, a trace element shortage or abiotic stresses. An on-farm inspection and associated leaf or tissue tests will promptly identify any issues, which can quickly be addressed by applying the appropriate inputs.

High yielding crops require fertile balanced soils

Key to highly productive crops is the function of soils. Soil structure, chemistry and biology are critical in supporting crops throughout the growing season. By improving all aspects of the soil, crops will benefit from improved access to moisture, due to improved infiltration and water holding capacity, improved access to nutrition through improved nutrient cycling, fixation (for N) and a reduction in loss pathways, improved resilience to abiotic stresses and disease, improved root growth providing access to additional moisture and nutrients as well as improved carbon sequestration and a range of other benefits (link to resources - soil health).

Beneficial microorganisms stimulate the plant’s root growth and help protect it from abiotic stresses. This is made possible through mutually beneficial relationships that microbes develop with plants, for example mycorrhizal associations.   BioAg products programs supply essential macronutrients (N, P, K, S, Ca), trace elements (B, Zn, Cu etc.),  microbial food and metabolites beneficial microorganisms that colonise root systems, improving soil function, plant health and productivity.

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Lucerne – key features of a BioAg program

The following table illustrates the cropping process and potential solutions depending on soil test results and other contributing factors. Call your BioAg Area Manager to discuss your individual needs.

Planning
Objective
Growers to have a plan in place for the cropping season that takes into account the specific nature, and long term objectives, of their soils and farming practice.
Activity
Book a soil test and consultation with your local BioAg Representative.
BioAg Product
Late summer
Objective
Provide optimal soil conditions and nutrition to support crops. Prepare soils for the period of the rotation addressing soil structure, chemistry (eg pH) and nutrition.
Activity
When applied, ameliorates support crops through the entire season, by including sustained release phosphate and boron at a rate based on soil levels and the needs of your crop.
BioAg Product
BioAgPhos: 200 – 300kg/ha
Late summer
Objective
Provide optimal soil conditions and nutrition to support crops. Prepare soils for the period of the rotation addressing soil structure, chemistry (eg pH) and nutrition.
Activity
When applied, ameliorates support crops through the entire season, by including sustained release phosphate and boron at a rate based on soil levels and the needs of your crop.
BioAg Product
BioAgBor: 0 – 5kg/ha based on soil test results.
Crop establishment
Objective
Support growth and root development.
Activity
When applied, ameliorates support crops through the entire season, by including sustained release phosphate and boron at a rate based on soil levels and the needs of your crop.
BioAg Product
BioAgPhos: 200 – 300kg/ha
Crop establishment
Objective
Activity
BioAg Product
BioAgBor: 0 – 5kg/ha based on soil test results.
Crop establishment
Objective
Activity
BioAg Product
BioAgSoP: 50 – 100kg/ha
Crop establishment
Objective
Activity
BioAg Product
Soil & Seed: 2 – 5L/ha
After each cut
Objective
Stimulate crop growth at critical growth stages, respond to abiotic stresses and optimise the uptake and use of foliar nutrients.
Activity
Foliar application with planned applications of chemicals or fertilisers (typically N)
BioAg Product
Balance & Grow: 1 – 4L/ha multiple applications 28 days apart.

Lucerne resources

  • Beef case study, Inverell NSW

    Northern NSW farmers, Geoff and Kaye Bassett, defied drought to produce an amazing 500 kilograms of beef per ha on their dual-purpose wheat and oat crops. The key to their success is a revolutionary biological farming program which they claim has dramatically improved t...

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  • Pasture case study, Swan Hill VIC

    The adoption of biological farming techniques six years ago has allowed Victorian chaff producers, Jeff and Gae Dalton, to grow top quality lucerne on a block that had previously repulsed their best efforts to establish the crop. The Daltons mill and bag their chaff fro...

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  • Beef case study, Ballendella VIC

    Adopting of biological farming principles has enabled north Victorian beef producer, Craig Sobey, to rejuvenate a run-down property to the point where it has almost doubled productivity in the past five years. The Sobey family bought the Rochesterdistrict property, ‘The...

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  • Pasture case study, Corobimilla NSW

    Riverina farmer, Andrew Forrest, has transformed a tired farm into a highly productive property, yielding as well as any in the district after adopting a minimum till biological farming system. Andrew, his wife, Sue, and his sister and brother-in-law, Kate and Kevin Hal...

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