Lucerne is a perennial legume with a taproot that gives the plant access to water and nutrients deep in the soil profile. This gives the plant superior drought tolerance and preference over grasses in lower rainfall areas.

Who should grow lucerne?

Growing lucerne is appropriate for farmers who have:

  • Annual rainfall less than 1000mm per year
  • Free draining soil
  • Rotationally grazed stock
  • Preference for nitrogen (N) to be generated by a plant rather than urea
  • High fertility and free draining soils with a pH over 6.0

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