Lucerne Australia March Field Day

On Wednesday March 6th 2024, Lucerne Australia held their annual March Field Day in Keith, SA where growers, industry, researchers and the AgriFutures Pastures Seeds Advisory Panel came together to catch-up, visit the Lucerne Australia Trial Site and hear the latest results and recommendations from the RD&E projects being delivered to industry.

After a great egg & bacon roll & coffee provided by the breakfast BBQ specialists from RAGT and local coffee van Sweet Desires, attendees had the opportunity to inspect the agronomic trials at the LA Variety Trial site prior to harvest.

John Smith, General Manager, Levied & Emerging Industries kicked off the presentations session with a short overview on AgriFutures Australia and the role this organisation has in RD&E for pasture seeds. Researchers from Cesar Australia (Luis Mata and Evatt Chirgwin) and SARDI (Alan Mckay) followed, providing research snapshots on insecticide resistance in RLEM and Bluegreen Aphids and the new commercial Quantitive DNA test for lucerne seed wasp and associated parasitoid wasps.

Seed varieties at the Trial Site have been supplied by: Alforex Seeds, Barenbrug, DLF Seeds, Naracoorte Seeds, RAGT, S&W Seed Co and Upper Murray Seeds.

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