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Summer serradella emerging as a viable legume option

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DAFWA research officer Dr Angelo Loi (left) inspects summer-sown serradella earlier this year with Brookton grain growers Anna and Colin Butcher... Summer-sown hard-seeded French serradella ( Ornithopus sativus ) varieties have potential to revolutionise the legume phase of crop rotations in Western Australia's medium and high-rainfall zones, according to researchers... They offer opportunities to: establish pastures cheaper, earlier and more reliably than traditional annual pasture legumes; fast-track the transition between crops and pastures; improve pasture biomass production; achieve good seed-set; achieve high N fixation in the first year of the pasture phase; and avoid interference with winter crop sowing at the season break...