Dryland Legume Pasture Systems

]Funding Body: GRDC, supported DAWR, MLA and AWI

Project Duration: 2019 – 2022


The Dryland Legume Pasture Species project has been driven by significant changes in farming practices.

Over the past three decades there has been a shift from integrated crop-livestock production to intensive cropping in drier areas, which has significantly reduced farm enterprise resilience. Intensive cropping is prone to herbicide resistant weeds, large nitrogen fertiliser requirements, and major financial shocks due to frost, drought or low grain prices.

The overall outcome of this pasture legume demonstration is to gain greater understanding of which pasture legume options are best suited to the environment of the Upper North Region. This demo will be run over 3 seasons (2019, 2020 and 2021) and will look at a number of different factors which influence how a pasture legume is able to fit into the modern rotation of farming in the Low Rainfall Zone (LRZ) regions of South Australia.