New subterranean clover varieties

Page last updated: Tuesday, 13 August 2019 - 9:50am

Six new subterranean clover varieties have been developed from a national five-year joint venture between the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) and pasture seed company, Seed Force.

The joint venture aimed to bring new and innovative sub-clover legume traits to the national and international agricultural market for the ongoing benefit of the Western Australian agriculture industry and elsewhere.

The new varieties all have traits sought after by farmers – they are more productive, have greater pest and disease resistance, and will lead to longer-lasting pastures.

This project highlights the benefits that can be gained from government and industry working in partnership to deliver benefits across the sector and the broader economy.

Find out more information on subterranean clovers.

Varieties

Table 1 New subterranean clover varieties for Western Australia

Variety

Profile

Tammin

  • suited to wheatbelt areas with 300-450 mm mean annual rainfall
  • seedling resistance to redlegged earth mites
  • more hardseeded and more persistent in crop rotations than other varieties
  • 11% more biomass than cv. Dalkeith over all test sites and seasons

Forbes

  • suited to wheatbelt areas with 350-525 mm mean annual rainfall
  • seedling resistance to redlegged earth mites
  • more hardseeded and more persistent in crop rotations than other varieties
  • 12% more biomass than cv. Dalkeith over all test sites and seasons

Rouse

  • suited to 550-900 mm mean annual rainfall areas
  • of the yanninicum subspecies and suited to waterlogged soils
  • resistant to clover scorch, leaf rust and Phytophthora root rot diseases
  • 15% more biomass than cv. Gosse over all test sites and seasons

Yanco

  • suited to 450-700 mm mean annual rainfall areas
  • of the yanninicum subspecies and suited to waterlogged soils
  • resistant to clover scorch, leaf rust and Phytophthora root rot diseases
  • 27% more biomass than cv. Riverina over all test sites and seasons

Tarlee and Antillo are brachycalycinum subspecies and are not recommended for WA soils. For more information of these varieties, please visit the seedforce website.

Seed Force

Contact information

Paul Sanford
+61 (0)8 9892 8475

Author

Phil Nichols