Study

Effects of grazing and haycutting on the yield and persistence of dryland aphid-resistant lucerne cultivars at Tamworth, New South Wales

  • Published source details Lodge G.M. (1985) Effects of grazing and haycutting on the yield and persistence of dryland aphid-resistant lucerne cultivars at Tamworth, New South Wales. Australian Journal of Experimental Agriculture, 25, 138-148

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This study is summarised as evidence for the following.

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Use grazing instead of cutting for pasture or grassland management

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Natural Pest Control
  1. Use grazing instead of cutting for pasture or grassland management

    A randomised, replicated experiment in 1977-1981 involving 22 lucerne Medicago sativa varieties in New South Wales, Australia (Lodge 1985) found lower yields when lucerne was grazed (average total 16,230 kg/ha over four years) rather than cut (30,893 kg/ha). Another experiment testing seven varieties found the same effect (9,740 vs. 19,122 kg/ha in grazed vs. cut over 3.5 years). The number of lucerne plants in grazed and cut plots declined by 89% and 51% (respectively) over four years in the first experiment and by 82% and 39% over 3.5 years in the second. Lucerne varieties that are active in winter performed better than dormant varieties when both types were grazed (9,887-11,611 vs. 7,638-9,991 kg/ha yields), but yields were similar for these varieties in cut plots (16,067-21,213 vs. 19,040-20,954 kg/ha) in the second experiment. All lucerne varieties were tested in four replicate plots (10 x 2 m) divided into grazing areas of 8 x 2 m (grazed with 85 Merino sheep/ha) and cutting areas of 2 x 2 m. Grazing occurred approximately every 6 weeks and for 4-29 days each time (202-287 days in total). Yields were measured as dry vegetation matter. Effects on natural processes of pest control were not presented.

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