Project Lead Organisation/Researcher: University of New England, Southern QLD Northern NSW Innovation Hub
Project Durations: 2023-2024
Project Locations: Lake Cargelligo
The aim of the replicated small-plot trial is to test the establishment of tropical deep-rooted legumes and pasture varieties sown in a temperate sowing window.
This project focuses on drought resilience for grazing systems across Northern Australia. Led by Associate Professor David McNeill from UNE, the wider project will see over 5000 hectares of contrasting legumes sown across twelve participating properties in Queensland, New South Wales and the Northern Territory. Through this, the project team will identify and address the common constraints that producers face when trying to implement legumes into their grazing systems.
The treatment comprises twelve species combinations based on three types of grass (Premier Digit, Katambora Rhodes and Bambatsi panic) and two legume mixes (Winter and Spring). The winter legume mix is comprised of Biserrula and Serradella, whilst the spring legume mix is made up of Burgundy Bean and Lucerne. The trial plots are split into low and high fertiliser treatments.
Table 1. Species List – Lake Cargelligo Tropical Pastures site
Winter Legumes – Biserrula and Serradella
Spring Legumes – Burgundy Bean and Lucerne
Table 2. List of treatments – Lake Cargelligo Tropical Pastures site
This project is funded by the Australian Government Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry – Future Drought Fund, led by University of New England through the SQNNSW Innovation Hub.