Lucerne
Medicago sativa L.
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Image Cultivar Type Production period Morphological description Crop strengths Feeding value Production potential Crop uses Soil requirement Establishment
Aurora Subtropical Legume Perennial, Spring, summer & autumn

Deep penetrating taproot

Stem coarse to medium

Seeds green to yellow to light brown; kidney shaped to ovoid; 1 – 2.5 mm x 1 – 1.5 mm; 440 000 – 500 000 seeds/kg

High nutritive value

Double purpose cultivar - hay and grazing crop

Crude protein: 15 – 25 %

Digestibility: 60 – 75 %

8 - 15 t/ha/annum Hay & grazing

Grows across a wide range of soil types, prefers deep, well drained soils

pH range of 6.5 – 8.0

Plant during August – September / February – May

Broadcast at 8 – 12.5 kg/ha dryland and 20 – 25 kg/ha irrigated


KKS 3864 Subtropical, Legum Perennial, Spring, summer & autumn

Herbaceous, erect, 40 – 80 cm tall

Deep penetrating taproot

Seeds green to yellow to light brown; kidney shaped to ovoid; 1 – 2.5 mm x 1 – 1.5 mm; 440 000 – 500 000 seeds/kg

Very strong seedlings

Moderate tolerance of soil salinity

Highly nutritive and tolerates grazing

Crude protein: 15 – 25%

Digestibility: 60 – 75% DMD

8 12 t/ha/annum Pasture & hay

Grows across a wide range of soil types

Prefers deep, well drained soils

pH range of 5.5 – 7.5

Plant during August – September / February – May

Broadcast at 8 – 12.5 kg/ha dryland and 20 – 25 kg/ha irrigated


KKS 9911* Subtropical Legume Perennial, Spring, summer & autumn

Deep penetrating taproot with crown above soil surface

Stems coarse to medium

Seeds green to yellow to light brown; kidney shaped to ovoid; 1 – 2.5 mm x 1 – 1.5 mm; 440 000 – 500 000 seeds/kg

Highly nutritive, persistent and good hay crop

One or two cuts possible over winter

Crude protein: 15 – 25%

Digestibility: 60 – 75%

8 - 12 t/ha/annum Pasture, hay

Prefers deep, well drained soils

pH range of 5.5 – 7.0

Plant during August – September / February – May

Broadcast at 8 – 12.5 kg/ha dryland and 20 – 25 kg/ha irrigated


SA Select Subtropical Legume Perennial, Spring, summer, autumn, early - middle winter

Crown position intermediate - on or just above soil surface

Stem medium size

Seeds green to yellow to light brown; kidney shaped to ovoid; 1 – 2.5 mm x 1 – 1.5mm; 440 000 – 500 000 seeds/kg

Responds quickly to spring and summer rainfall/irrigation

Highly productive hay and grazing cultivar

Crude protein: 15 – 25%

Digestibility: 60 – 75%

8 - 27 t/ha/annum Hay or silage, green chop & pasture

Adapted to most soil types

pH range of 5.5 - 7.5

Plant during August – September / February – May

Broadcast at 8 – 12.5 kg/ha dryland and 20 – 25 kg/ha irrigated


SA Standard Subtropical Legume Perennial, Spring, summer & autumn

Crown position on soil surface with deep penetrating taproot

Stem coarse to medium

Seeds green to yellow to light brown; kidney shaped to ovoid; 1 – 2.5 mm x 1 – 1.5 mm; 440 000 – 500 000 seeds/kg

Reliable cultivar, can withstand severe heat and cold conditions

Moderately tolerant to soil salinity

Responds quickly to spring and summer rainfall/irrigation

Crude protein: 15 – 25%

Digestibility: 60 – 75%

8 - 15 t/ha/annum Pasture & hay

Grows across a wide range of soil types

Prefers deep, well drained soils

Prefers a neutral to high pH and no acid saturation

Plant during August – September / February – May

Broadcast at 8 – 12.5 kg/ha dryland and 20 – 25 kg/ha irrigated


Siriver Sub-tropical, Legume Perennial, Spring, summer, autumn & mid-winter

Deep penetrating taproot, crown position above ground

Stem medium

Seeds green to yellow to light brown; kidney shaped to ovoid; 1 – 2.5 mm x 1 – 1.5 mm; 440 000 – 500 000 seeds/kg

Moderately winter active

Moderately tolerant to soil salinity, tolerate high temperatures

Highly nutritive, good hay cultivar & excellent persistence

Crude protein: 15 – 25 %

Digestibility: 60 – 75 %

8 - 20 t/ha/annum Hay

Prefers deep, well drained soils

pH range of 5.5 – 7.01

Plant during August – September / February – May

Broadcast at 8 – 12.5 kg/ha dryland and 20 – 25 kg/ha irrigated


WL 1111* Subtropical, Legume Perennial, Year round production

Crown above ground

Stems coarse to medium

Seeds green to yellow to light brown; kidney shaped to ovoid; 1 – 2.5 mm x 1 – 1.5 mm; 440 000 – 500 000 seeds/kg

Year round production - highly winter active

Highly productive cultivar

Good leaf retention

Crude protein: 15 – 25%

Digestibility: 60 – 75%

8 - 20 t/ha/annum Hay

Prefers deep, well drained soils, tolerates sandy soil types

pH range of 5.0 – 7.0

Plant during August – September / February – May

Broadcast at 8 – 12.5 kg/ha dryland and 20 – 25 kg/ha irrigated


WL 357 HQ Subtropical Legume Perennial, Spring, summer, & autumn

Deep penetrating taproot, crown position below ground surface

Stem coarse to medium

Seeds green, yellow, to light brown; kidney shaped to ovoid; 1 – 2.5 mm x 1 – 1.5 mm; 440 000 – 500 000 seeds/kg

Moderate tolerance of soil salinity

Dual purpose, hay and grazing crop

Good adaptability to either dryland or irrigated situations

Crude protein: 15 – 25 %

Digestibility: 60 – 75 % DMD

8 - 12 t/ha/annum Pasture & hay

Prefers deep and well drained soil types

pH range of 6.5 – 8.0

Plant during August – September / February – May

Broadcast at 8 – 12.5 kg/ha dryland and 20 – 25 kg/ha irrigated


WL 414 Subtropical Legume Perennial, Spring, summer, autumn, early winter

Deep penetrating taproot with crown on soil level

Stem medium

Seeds green to yellow to light brown; kidney shaped to ovoid; 1 – 2.5 mm x 1 – 1.5 mm; 440 000 – 500 000 seeds/kg

Moderately tolerant to soil salinity

Highly productive hay and grazing crop

Crude protein: 15 – 25%

Digestibility: 60 – 75%

14 - 28 t/ha/annum Hay & pasture

Grows across a wide range of soil types, prefers well drained soils

pH range of 5.5 – 7.5

Plant during August – September / February – May

Broadcast at 8 – 12.5 kg/ha dryland and 20 – 25 kg/ha irrigated


WL 525 HQ Sub-tropical, Legume Perennial, Spring, summer, autumn, early - middle winter

Deep penetrating taproot with crown position above ground

Stem thin

Seeds green to yellow to light brown; kidney shaped to ovoid; 1 – 2.5 mm x 1 – 1.5 mm; 440 000 – 500 000 seeds/kg

Bred for highest quality hay and livestock production

Excellent leaf to stem proportion, rapid recovery after utilization

Strong animal preference, superior stand persistency

Crude protein: 15 – 25%

Digestibility: 60 – 75% DMD

8 - 20 t/ha/annum Hay

Prefers deep, well drained soils

pH range of 5.5 – 7.5

Plant during August – September / February – May

Broadcast at 8 – 12.5 kg/ha dryland and 20 – 25 kg/ha irrigated


WL 625 HQ Subtropical Legume Perennial, Spring, summer, autumn, early - middle winter

Crown position above ground

Stem thin to medium

Seeds green to yellow to light brown; kidney shaped to ovoid; 1 – 2.5 mm x 1 – 1.5 mm; 440 000 – 500 000 seeds/kg

Responds quickly to spring irrigation, good first cut

Bred for quality hay production

Crude protein: 15 – 25%

Digestibility: 60 – 75%

8 - 20 t/ha/annum 8 - 20 t/ha/annum

Prefers deep, well drained soils

pH range of 5.5 – 7.0

Plant during August – September / February – May

Broadcast at 8 – 12.5 kg/ha dryland and 20 – 25 kg/ha irrigated


WL 711 Subtropical Legume Perennial, Year round production

Deep penetrating taproot, crown position above ground

Stem medium to coarse

Seeds green to yellow to light brown; kidney shaped to ovoid; 1 – 2.5 mm x 1 – 1.5 mm; 440 000 – 500 000 seeds/kg

Highly nutritive, highly productive hay cultivar

Abundant mid-winter growth, ideally suited for winter forage production

Crude protein: 15 – 25%

Digestibility: 60 – 75%

8 - 30 t/ha/annum Hay

Prefers deep, well drained soil types, tolerates sandy soils

pH range of 5.0 – 7.0

Plant during August – September / February – May

Broadcast at 8 – 12.5 kg/ha dryland and 20 – 25 kg/ha irrigated