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Introduction of lucerne into acid soils

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Show simple item record White, J. G. H. 2012-12-14T03:52:04Z 2012-12-14T03:52:04Z 1966
dc.identifier.citation White, J. G. H.(1966). Introduction of lucerne into acid soils. In Proceedings of the New Zealand Grassland Association, 28, 105-113 en
dc.description.abstract The key to pasture improvement in the tussock country of the South Island is in the introduction of high-producing legumes. White, red and alsike clovers have been widely used with considerable success. Lucerne, as yet, is much less important, even though it has been shown by Iversen (1965) that on droughty soils it can produce much more dry matter than conventional pastures. One of the main reasons for the lesser use of lucerne is the difficulty in establishing the plant by surface sowing methods, particularly in acid soils. Lucerne is particularly sensitive to acid soil conditions which affect establishment and growth in several ways. There are two possible approaches to overcoming problems of establishing lucerne on acid soils. The usual method is to modify the soil environment to suit the plant, by heavy broadcast liming. This is often uneconomic in tussock country owing to high transport costs. Another approach is to select strains of R. meliloti and species of lucerne which are more tolerant of acid soils. The latter approach has distinct possibilities, but, at present, it is a relatively new field. At Lincoln College an attempt is being made to combine both approaches in overcoming establishment problems in the tussock country. en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher New Zealand Grassland Association. en
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dc.relation.uri en
dc.rights Copyright © The Authors and New Zealand Grassland Association. en
dc.subject lucerne en
dc.subject acid soils en
dc.title Introduction of lucerne into acid soils en
dc.type Conference Contribution - Published en
lu.contributor.unit Department of Agricultural Sciences en
dc.subject.anzsrc 070305 Crop and Pasture Improvement (Selection and Breeding) en
dc.subject.anzsrc 070306 Crop and Pasture Nutrition en
lu.subtype Conference Paper

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