Highly Winter Active Lucerne
Highly winter active varieties are bred for late autumn/early winter planting and have excellent seedling vigour for oversowing. They have a more upright crown, erect growth habit and are well suited to a 2 - 4 year rotation system in 300 - 500 mm rainfall zones under permanent irrigation. They provide maximum growth from winter dominant growing season rainfall. Some of the newer Australian-bred varieties in this group have increased grazing tolerance because they were selected from and developed for broadacre grazing systems.
BAR ST is a highly winter active variety with a dormancy rating of 9. Developed with elite germplasm from the USA and Argentina, it provides excellent forage quality, performance and persistence. BAR ST offers improved salt tolerance for germinating seedlings over other traditional lucerne varieties. This allows for potentially better establishment in regions where moderate salt levels can limit plant establishment.