Legacy

Large leaf white clover

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Legacy large leaf white clover
  • Latest generation New Zealand bred white clover
  • Dry matter yield that strengthens with time
  • Large leaf to capture sunlight and drive yield
  • More yield = more nitrogen (N) fixed, reduces need for nitrogenous fertiliser
  • The perfect rotational grazing option

Legacy is an exceptionally high yielding large leaf white clover. Its second and third year yields are outstanding compared to other cultivars. Its vigorous growth improves its tolerance to clover root weevil, while its tall growth habit ensures it competes with ryegrass in a sward making it easy to harvest by cattle.


Performance and Leaf Size of White Clover Cultivars Relative to "Kopu II" (100%) Under Beef Cattle Grazing in the Manawatu (Trial 6) from 2011-2015

   Mean Growth
Cultivar Leaf Size (mm)  Spring  Summer  Autumn   Winter  Year 1  Year 2  Year 3  Year 4  Overall 
Legacy  106 157 150  138  138 150  148  158  148  146 
Weka 96  138  131  125  110  137  137  118  121  126 
Kotare 105 139  124  121  116  136  130  127  111  124 
Apex 75 123  96  91  111  113  94  111  87  104 
Kopu II 100 100 100  100  100  100  100  100  100  100 
Trophy 78  112  98  75  106  105  90  95  73  95 
Sustain  83  69  70  70  61  68  58  74  77  70 
Huia  80  66  68  65  56  59  53  72  79  66 
LSD 5%  19  25  20  28  29  15  18  16  23  17 
Kopu II mean  4.2  5.6  5.9  6.1  5.4  5.2  5.5  6.2  6.8  5.8 
Trials conducted by AgResearch. Clovers were grown in a diploid perennial AR37 grass.

Sowing & Establishment

Grasslands Legacy large leaf white clover can be sown in autumn or spring at 4-6 kg/ha and is best sown with erect growing species, such as ryegrass and tall fescue. The use of Superstrike clover seed treatment will improve seedling establishment. For best performance, Grasslands Legacy large leaf white clover should be lightly grazed frequently during the establishment phase.


Grazing Management

Due to its erect growth habit, Grasslands Legacy large leaf white clover is ideally suited for rotational grazing systems.


Wayne Nichol
Legacy is a New Zealand bred large leaf white clover that has been selected for improved adaptation to modern pastoral systems relative to traditional cultivars such as Kopu II. Published results prove that Grasslands Legacy when sown with ryegrass, across a number of regional sites had significantly increased seasonal and annual yield under grazing relative to a number of comparable cultivars including Kopu II. 
Wayne Nichol, Extension agronomist and nutritionist, Pgg wrightson seeds

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