Utilising legumes in the mixed farming zone

Overview

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.

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Learning objectives

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.

More information 

These resources contain advice on sowing techniques, weed management, fertiliser, variety selection and paddock management.

YouTube videos:

How to conduct a soil test and How do I make sense of soil test results?

MLA's Persistent Pastures resource hub

MLA southern feedbase hub – for information on soils, pastures, legumes and weed control

Murdoch University’s: Centre for Rhizobium Studies

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