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Pasture species for the granite and traprock areas of south-east Queensland

Clarkson, N. M. (1986) Pasture species for the granite and traprock areas of south-east Queensland. Queensland Journal of Agricultural & Animal Science, 43 (2). pp. 147-157.

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The outstanding perennial legume was lucerne Medicago sativa which was persistent and productive for up to 7 yr. Siratro and lotononis were moderately persistent but were only sporadically productive whereas other tropical legumes failed to persist. Some winter annual legumes persisted well and were productive in years with near average winter rainfall, but their productivity was reduced at times by slow seedling growth and poor nodulation, particularly on the sandstone soil. The best species were the clovers Trifolium hirtum, T. subterraneum and T. glomeratum, and the medics Medicago littoralis and M. truncatula. The best tropical perennial grasses were Rhodes grass Chloris gayana and tall finger grass Digitaria smutsii. Temperate grasses were moderately productive but generally unable to persist through summers with rainfall below average. -from Author

Item Type:Article
Corporate Creators:Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, Queensland
Business groups:Animal Science
Keywords:Chloris gayana clovers Digitaria smutsii lotononis lucerne Medicago littoralis/truncatula Medicago sativa medics Rhodes grass siratro tall finger grass Trifolium glomeratum Trifolium hirtum Trifolium subterraneum
Subjects:Animal culture > Rangelands. Range management. Grazing
Animal culture > Feeds and feeding. Animal nutrition
Agriculture > By region or country > Australia > Queensland
Live Archive:07 Feb 2024 02:44
Last Modified:07 Feb 2024 02:44

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