Through nitrogen fixation, pasture legumes can deliver a sustainable input of nitrogen (N) into farming systems. This supports high-quality feed for livestock and soil nitrogen for non-legume pasture components or subsequent crops. However, more than 90% of legume-based pastures surveyed across NSW and WA have inadequate nodulation in their root systems.

This training package has been designed to provide producers with a relatively quick and simple process to be able to identify the nodulation status of their pasture legumes.

Learning objectives

At completion of this module, producers will be able to:

  • understand how to assess nodulation of legumes in their pastures
  • identify effective strains of rhizobia
  • understand the three main soil and management factors that can impact on legume nodulation
  • understand the impact of pH on rhizobia survival.

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Meat & Livestock Australia

MLA’s purpose is to foster the long-term prosperity of the Australian red meat and livestock industry by investing in research and marketing activities. Through it's subsidiary companies, MLA also accelerates innovation across the value chain and delivers the industry’s integrity and on-farm quality assurance programs. Care is taken to ensure the accuracy of the information contained in all eLearning modules. However, MLA cannot accept responsibility for the accuracy or completeness of the information or opinions contained in the training packages. You should make your own enquiries before making decisions concerning your interests. MLA accepts no liability for any losses incurred if you rely solely on this material and excludes all liability as a result of reliance by any person on such information or advice. Apart from any use permitted under the Copyright Act 1968, all rights are expressly reserved. Requests for further authorisation should be directed to the Content Manager, PO Box 1961, North Sydney, NSW 2059 or info@mla.com.au. © Meat & Livestock Australia 2020 ABN 39 081 678 364. MLA acknowledges the matching funds provided by the Australian Government to support the research and development detailed in this eLearning module.

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Training package Includes

  • 4 Items
  • 2 Quizzes