Taipan is a mid maturing balansa clover with high levels of hard seed allowing for flexibility when seasons are dry. Taipan suits a wide range of soil types and can grow in areas of medium rainfall with excellent waterlogging tolerance. With high dry matter production, Taipan can be grown for quality hay or as part of a perennial pasture system.
Taipan balansa clover is typically sown at 4-6 kg/ha in autumn with pasture mixes that have grasses and other clovers included or can be used with short term forage options such as ryegrasses including Winter Star II and Supercruise in autumn to boost spring growth and quality. Like in autumn, Taipan can also be added at 4-6 kg/ha with spring sown cereals, Italian ryegrasses such as Supercruise/Feast®II/Lush and forage brassicas to produce high quality feed in spring/early summer.
The first grazing of mixtures with Taipan and other grasses and clovers should be light and occur when seedlings cannot be pulled out or trampled by grazing stock. Usually this will be 6 weeks or more after sowing. Due to the degree of seed-hardiness of balansa, some seeds will continue to germinate over a period of time, if allowed to set-seed in the first season it will continue to contribute to the pasture sward.