|Pasture type and use||Perennial temperate grass with main growth in spring and autumn. Useful species in saline soils. Useful for making stored fodder in the form of round bales or silage.|
|Area of adaptation||All tablelands and slopes areas of NSW, Riverina, Central West Plains and irrigated areas.|
|Min. average annual rainfall||400 mm (southern NSW) to 500 mm (northern NSW).|
|Soil requirements||Saline and poorly drained soils.|
Dundas * - selected for increased feed quality.
* Denotes that this variety is protected by Plant Breeder’s Rights.
|- as only species||3–12 kg/ha|
|- in mixtures||3–5 kg/ha|
|Sowing time||Dryland: Sow in early autumn for best results.
Irrigated or high-rainfall areas: Late winter to early spring.
|Companion species||Compatible in mixtures with puccinellia, tall fescue, phalaris, strawberry clover, white clover.|
|Main insect pests||No significant problems.|
|Main diseases||No significant problems.|
|Management||Do not graze plant until the crown is well developed. Ideally, keep plants short to stop plants developing tall rank growth, which becomes unpalatable to livestock.|
|Livestock disorders of particular note||No problems reported.|
|Further information||Dryland Salinity 4. ‘Productive use of salt affected land’, Salt Action Program.
Saltland Pastures in Australia - A practical guide, EG Barrett-Lennard & CV Malcolm, WA Department of Agriculture, 1995.
The contributions of Andrew Wooldridge, NSW Department of Infrastructure, Planning and Natural Resources (DIPNR), Cowra, and Alan Nicholson, DIPNR, Wellington, are gratefully acknowledged.
Advice on livestock health disorders was provided by Dr Chris Bourke, Principal Research Scientist, NSW Agriculture, Orange. His contribution is gratefully acknowledged.
Photo: Warren McDonald, Former Technical Specialist (Pastures), NSW Agriculture, Tamworth