The hay quality has also been good.
“Titan 7 is providing lovely soft, leafy, fine hay and also responding very quickly after cuts,” he said.Over winter, the new lucerne stand will be rested, while older lucerne paddocks are grazed by prime lambs.
With this treatment, he expects that Titan 7 to be even higher yielding in its second year of cutting. Lucerne stands are expected to grow for a minimum of four years on the farm, with around 10 hectares sown each year. “I’ll be planting another eight hectares of Titan 7 again this year, in a deeper, loamy soil profile to enable direct comparison with other varieties in nearby paddocks,” he said.
He is planning to increase his seed rate at planting to 25 kg/ha.
Titan 7 and Titan 9 were bred in Queensland by renowned lucerne breeder, Professor John Irwin. Titan 7 is resistant to Phytophthora root rot, one of the most important diseases in lucerne, and highly resistant to three strains of Colleotrichum crown rot. It has also proven to be highly resistant to insect pests like spotted alfalfa aphid and blue green aphid.