Fairfax Media Network

Weather News

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

Wendy Collis, Thursday January 30, 2014 - 10:52 EDT
ABC image
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

© ABC 2014

More breaking news

ABC News
Sydney Morning Herald
National Nine News
News Limited

Display Your Local Weather

Weather News

Snowfalls hit Tassie again

16:10 EST

A very cold airmass coupled with vigorous a low pressure system caused snow to fall to low levels in Tasmania last night and into this morning, leading to road delays and closures.

Shoalhaven oyster farmers face hundreds of thousands of dollars in losses as floods wash away salinity

13:36 EST

Oyster farms flooded in this week's downpour at Greenwell Point on the New South Wales south coast could lose hundreds of thousands of dollars' worth of oysters.

Police rescue motorists stranded in heavy snowfall in Tasmania's south

12:56 EST

Snow has affected some roads in Tasmania's south, prompting police to warn drivers to use extreme caution after a number of motorists were left stranded on Friday night.