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Lucerne seed crops won't match last year's bumper

Wendy Collis, Thursday January 30, 2014 - 10:52 EDT
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Lucerne seed crops won't match last year's bumper - ABC

Mixed weather in South Australia's south east is likely to mean an average yield for lucerne seed.

Last year, growers had a bumper crop - a welcome relief following the losses from the lucerne seed wasp plague of 2012

Keith agronomist James de Barro says hot weather has reduced the potential of this year's crop.

"Lucerne thrives in consistency of weather, not too many highs, not too many lows," he said.

"Really, this year's been quite erratic in the weather.

"We've gone from cool to stinking hot through January, so suffice to say it hasn't been a really good summer to date to produce seed crops."


- ABC

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