With a need to produce high protein hay for dairy farmer clients, Stewart and Vicky French were keen to incorporate a highly productive legume option into their cropping rotation.
The Frenchs operate a 400-hectare cropping enterprise at Vite Vite near Derrinallum in the Western District of Victoria.
Along with a requirement for hay production, they also needed the legume to assist in grass weed control and nitrogen fixation for the following crop.
It’s for these reasons the Frenchs accepted the recommendation of their local agronomist to try Benatas Purple Vetch from Stephen Pasture Seeds, and the decision has proven to be a good one.
Benatas Purple Vetch is a new cool season annual legume that is generally considered an alternative to Popany in longer growing regions such as the Western District of Victoria.
It is later flowering than Popany, soft seeded and tolerant of moderate waterlogging, and can grow in both acidic and alkaline soil conditions.