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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