In the right environment and production system, incorporating legumes can significantly boost productivity and provide drought resilience and environmental benefits.
MLA-funded research has found hard-seeded legumes present an opportunity for mixed farming enterprises to grow a more resilient, flexible, highly productive feedbase and are a suitable replacement for sub‑clover.
More information is available in the Materials tab.
At completion of this module, you will:
- understand the benefits of hard-seeded legume-based pastures
- understand how to choose the right pasture legume
- understand where pasture legumes fit within different production systems
- be aware of the key management considerations.
- Download the MLA Pasture Health Kit
- Using French serradella to increase crop and livestock production
- Using bladder clover to increase crop and livestock production
- Using biserrula to increase crop and livestock production
These resources contain advice on sowing techniques, weed management, fertiliser, variety selection and paddock management.
- ASHEEP: asheep.org.au
- Fitzgerald Biosphere Group Inc: fbg.org.au
- Stirlings to Coast Farmers Inc: scfarmers.org.au
- DPI&RD WA’s: Twin sowing and summer sowing: alternative techniques to introduce annual legumes into pastures
- Murdoch University’s: Successfully sowing legume pastures in summer, WA
- GRDC’s: Summer sown hard seeded Serradella
MLA southern feedbase hub – for information on soils, pastures, legumes and weed control
Murdoch University’s: Centre for Rhizobium Studies