Progardes: a legume for tropical/subtropical semi-arid clay soils

Gardiner, Christopher, Kempe, Nick, Hannah, Iain, and McDonald, Jim (2013) Progardes: a legume for tropical/subtropical semi-arid clay soils. Tropical Grasslands - Forrajes Tropicales, 1 (1). pp. 78-80.

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Abstract

Progardes Desmanthus is a blend of Desmanthus bicornutus, D. leptophyllus and D. virgatus accessions selected from old abandoned legume trial plots in north and western Queensland. The name Progardes comes from Pro for Protein, Gar for Gardiner and Des for Desmanthus. Some 12,000 ha has been recently sown across northern Australia by a variety of techniches and into predominately semi-arid clay soil land types such as the Brigalow and Mitchell Grass Downs Bioregion.Plant densities of upto 7 plants/m2 one year after planting and steer liveweight gains of upto an additioal 40kg/head over grass only pasture have been recorded over a 90 day winter grazing period in Central Queensland. Progardes has the potential to improve livestock production in semi-arid clay soil regions where few if any other sown pasture legumes are adapted.

Item ID: 29431
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 2346-3775
Keywords: Desmanthus, legumes, semi-arid tropics, species blend, persistence
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This paper was presented at the 22nd International Grasslands Congress, Sydney, NSW, Australia, 15-19 September 2013: http://www.igc2013.com/

Date Deposited: 05 Dec 2013 00:31
FoR Codes: 07 AGRICULTURAL AND VETERINARY SCIENCES > 0703 Crop and Pasture Production > 070302 Agronomy @ 100%
SEO Codes: 83 ANIMAL PRODUCTION AND ANIMAL PRIMARY PRODUCTS > 8304 Pasture, Browse and Fodder Crops > 830406 Sown Pastures (excl. Lucerne) @ 100%
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