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In WA the many lo­gis­ti­cal and pro­duc­tion ben­e­fits that ALOSCA gran­u­lar legume in­oc­u­lants bring to crop legume pro­grams are well known.

ALOSCA’s gran­u­lar in­oc­u­lants can now also pro­vide a cost-ef­fec­tive op­tion for pro­duc­ers to im­prove un­der­per­form­ing pas­tures through in­cor­po­rat­ing the ben­e­fits of the WA-de­vel­oped Group C in­oc­u­lant strain for sub-clover.

Many sub-clover pad­docks in WA have not had in­oc­u­lant ap­plied for many years.

These are of­ten symp­to­matic of poor ni­tro­gen fix­a­tion with root nod­ule colonies low in num­ber and pale in colour as op­posed to the pink nod­ule colour which sig­ni­fies the like­li­hood of good ni­tro­gen cap­ture by the plant.

Pro­vided com­mon nodu­la­tion con­straints such as low soil pH and her­bi­cide carry over in­ter­fer­ence are be­ing ad­dressed, up­grad­ing the sub-clover in­oc­u­lant strain to im­prove legume con­tent and pro­duc­tion is the next log­i­cal step to con­sider.

An im­proved Group C strain for sub­clover, WSM1325, was de­vel­oped in WA by the CRS at Mur­doch Univer­sity and tested na­tion­ally be­fore its re­lease by the Na­tional Rhi­zo­bium Pro­gram in 2006.

The WSM1325 strain of­fers im­proved ni­tro­gen fix­a­tion and nodu­la­tion ini­ti­a­tion in acidic soils over ear­lier Group C strains and will ef­fec­tively nodu­late a broader range of tri­fo­li­ate clovers in­clud­ing the com­monly grown bal­ansa and Per­sian clovers.

De­spite the ben­e­fits of the 2006 re­lease many farm­ers are still to in­tro­duce the ad­van­tages of the newer strain into their pro­duc­tion sys­tem.

On the in­oc­u­lant ap­pli­ca­tion front, one of the key driv­ers to de­velop the ALOSCA dry in­oc­u­lant for­mu­la­tion was solv­ing the prob­lem of how to suc­cess­fully in­oc­u­late small seeded pas­tures species such as bis­er­rula, blad­der and gland clovers in au­tumn.

These species, along with the more sta­ple species such as sub-clover and ser­radella, have a shal­low seed­ing, less than 15mm, re­quire­ment and ex­press sig­nif­i­cant pro­duc­tion ad­van­tages when sown ahead of au­tumn rain.

The ALOSCA gran­u­lar for­mu­la­tion pro­tects the vi­a­bil­ity of the in­oc­u­lant from the dry­ing con­di­tions dur­ing the au­tumn sow­ing win­dow.

This makes it highly suit­able not only for reg­u­lar au­tumn sow­ing of small seed species but also a hand-in-glove fit for more re­cently de­vel­oped for­age es­tab­lish­ment tech­niques like sum­mer sow­ing of ser­radella and or blad­der clover.

ALOSCA will be run­ning their cash­back pro­mo­tion for the month of Jan­uary and urges grow­ers to con­tact their stock­ist well be­fore the month is out to take ad­van­tage of the $100 per tonne cash­back of­fer for their gran­u­lar in­oc­u­lants.

For more in­for­ma­tion con­tact ALOSCA Tech­nolo­gies Pty Ltd on (08) 6305 0123 or visit ALOSCA’s in­for­ma­tive web­site alosca.com.au.

Pic­ture: ALOSCA

If mois­ture has not been lim­ited, then nod­ule colonies when cut should be pink in colour and ev­i­dent on the roots.

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