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Lucerne, often regarded as the queen of forages, has been used in agriculture for centuries. In Western Australia, however, its potential has never been fully realised despite its well-documented ability to dewater soils and reduce groundwater recharge. Over the years adoption has been limited by a range of factors including pests and diseases, soil acidity, grazing management and economics. During the last decade research has addressed these issues, paving the way for much greater impact at the farm and catchment level.
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Weed control, Farm management, Lucerne, Crop production, Farming systems, Salinity, Animal production, Farm management, Cropping systems, Salt degradation, Western Australia
Agronomy and Crop Sciences | Horticulture
Fedorenko, D, Dolling, P, Loo, C, Bailey, T, and Latta, R. (2009), Lucerne guidelines for Western Australia principles for integrating a perennial pasture into broadacre dryland farming systems. Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia, Perth. Bulletin 4785.
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