Upper Murray Seeds to unveil new lucerne varieties at Henty and Elmore

By Rodney Woods

Two new lucerne varieties will be launched into southern NSW and northern Victoria by Upper Murray Seeds at this year's Henty Machinery Field Days and Elmore Field Days.

The Albury company will release its SilverLand GT and SilverSky lucerne varieties, which will complement the Silverado and Silverosa GT varieties it already stocks.

The ‘Silver’ lucernes were bred by Dr Ian Kaehne to create truly multi-purpose plants, drawing on his 40-plus years’ experience in lucerne science and breeding.

"We launched our new lucerne varieties in northern NSW ... at one of Australia’s biggest field days, AgQuip," Upper Murray Seeds' northern NSW area manager and agronomist Tony Christian said.

"Farmer and grower comments were really positive and included 'the 11 (SilverSky) is powering along in the cold conditions, it’s obviously as winter-active as you claim' and 'SilverLandGT is the real deal in terms of grazing-tolerant lucerne. Looks like you could graze it every day of the week because of its low crown. And it’s staying green now, not drying off like the other fives (i.e. those lucernes with winter activity level 5)'."

Those attending the Henty or Elmore field days will have the chance to discuss the new varieties with northern Victorian and southern NSW area managers Jess Sampson and Charlotte Sutherland.

For more information, phone Upper Murray Seeds on (02) 6040 6464.