An old lucerne stand can continue to provide a high quality pasture with the inclusion of Tonic plantain.
A normal practice with old lucerne stands which become uneconomical due to lack of plant numbers is to do a complete kill of the stand and go back into a cropping phase before possibly re-introducing lucerne at a later date.
A recent innovation is to introduce Tonic plantain, a highly productive perennial grazing herb, into the old lucerne stand.
The inclusion of Tonic plantain into an old lucerne stand offers the following benefits:
Sowing rates of Tonic are 3-5 kg/ha depending on the state of the lucerne stand. Use 80-100 kg/ha of D.A.P fertiliser at sowing.