If you are looking for an alternative cutting crop, lucerne is certainly worth considering. It can also be grazed under specific conditions and, however you choose to use it, lucerne offers a highly digestible alternative for livestock farmers.
Where to sow lucerne
Lucerne seed is best sown in free-draining soils, so avoid heavier land, and it thrives in dry conditions. Able to fix nitrogen, lucerne not only reduces the need for applied N fertiliser but leaves residual nitrogen in the soil for subsequent crops. With good management, lucerne crops maintain quality for four to six years.
The benefits of lucerne
- Highly palatable, protein-rich complementary feed to drive intakes
- Outstanding yield and D-value
- Good drought tolerance
- Selected varieties for UK conditions
- Lower ammonia excretion reducing environmental impact
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|Sowing rate||25.00 kg/ha|
|Sowing time||Late April to mid-August|
|Sowing depth||5-10 mm|
|Sowing instructions||Drill into a fine tilth
Moist and warm soil conditions (minimum 12˚C)
Roll before and after drilling for good soil-to-seed contact