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Low input legumes on light soils

Livestock producers have an opportunity to see Serradella and Biserrula growing in light acidic soils in the Kerr's Creek area on Friday 4th September. 

A range of guest speakers will be on hand to answer questions regarding legumes that have potential to perform in naturally acidic soils.

The paddock walk starts at 9:30am on Jeff McGregor's property "Currawalla" north east of Kerr's creek and ends at 12:30pm.

"I'm always trying to improve the productivity of this country and I see drought tolerant legumes, with low Phosphorus requirements, as the key to improving pasture quality" said Mr McGregor.

Mr McGregor is keen to share what he has learnt about sowing hard seeded legumes. Dr Belinda Hackney, CSU research agronomist, will also share her expertise in establishment and inoculations options on light fragile soils.

Central tablelands Local land Services', Brett Littler will talk about the livestock interaction with legume pastures.

"The most satisfying part of this demonstration trial has been the successful establishment of these hard seeded legumes into very light acidic soils on the tops of hills, where there were less productive species such as vulpia and spear grass before sowing.

Sub-clover struggles in soil with pH (CaCl) <4.3 and this is where Serradella or Biserrula have a role to play" said Mr Phil Cranney, Senior Land Services Officer (Pastures).

If you need more information, or to RSVP, please call Phil Cranney 0458 745 478 or
02 6363 7888, or email phil.cranney@lls.nsw.gov.au

Media contact: Kylie Krause | 0439 608 370