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Lucerne or alfalfa (Medicago sativa) is a deep-rooted, temperate, perennial pasture legume which is well adapted to mixed farming systems in southern Western Australia.
Most unplanned fires have a drastic effect on a pasture. Fire changes the plant composition and reduces growth and carrying capacity in the following season.
Saline lands in Western Australia (WA) often suffer winter waterlogging, with the levels of salinity and depth to watertable varying markedly both spatially and between seasons.
Researchers will be in paddocks later this month collecting samples to identify which plants are hosting a virus linked to subterranean clover red leaf syndrome.
Perennial pastures have transformed large areas of the agricultural area in south-western Australia.
Spray-topping is a very effective method for managing annual grass seed set in pastures.
Grazing annual pastures in autumn can potentially lead to a significant reduction in pasture seedling density, especially within the first 12 days after the break of season.
Dry pastures in Western Australia provide good early feed after senescence but rapidly become unable to maintain stock.
Growing global demand for Australian beef products, driven primarily by Asian countries, presents opportunities to expand livestock production and value add in the Kimberley and Pilbara regions of
Management of weeds, disease and nitrogen nutrition are ongoing challenges that limit yield potential.