A joint venture between the Liberal National Government and an Australian seed company has produced six new pasture varieties to boost farm profitability.
Agriculture and Food Minister Dean Nalder unveiled the new subterranean clovers at the Dowerin GWN7 Machinery Field Days, and said they were more productive, with improved resistance to pests and diseases and would lead to longer-lasting pastures.
"These new varieties were borne out of a unique five-year joint venture between the Department of Agriculture and Food WA and Seed Force Australia, which combined the expertise of world-class plant breeders with the commercial skills of an industry partner," Mr Nalder said.
"This is an example of where government and industry has worked together to deliver a great outcome for farmers in Western Australia and nationally."
The Minister said to remain globally competitive, farmers needed to continually look to the latest technologies and genetics to keep driving productivity improvements on farm.
"These subterranean clovers deliver a range of traits to benefit livestock and crop production in the Wheatbelt and higher rainfall areas," he said.
"The new varieties are estimated to increase the value of annual livestock production by $10-$18 per hectare and the value of nitrogen input by $12-$18 per hectare over current varieties."
Varieties 'Tammin' and 'Forbes' are suited to low and medium rainfall Wheatbelt areas and have seedling resistance to red legged earth mites and greater persistence in crop rotations.
'Yanco' and 'Rouse' are highly productive varieties with waterlogging tolerance and improved disease resistance for high rainfall pastures.
Varieties 'Tarlee' and 'Antillo' are suited to neutral-alkaline, cracking soils found more commonly in eastern Australia and were developed as part of the national program.
Red legged earth mites cause pasture production losses in WA in excess of $100 million per annum
Certified seeds of 'Tammin' and 'Rouse' will be available to farmers in 2017, with seeds from other varieties available in the following two years
Minister's office - 6552 6400
Pastures fact sheet.pdf