Australian varieties improve pasture in long-term annual legume trials
Walter L. Graves, Riverside counties
William A. Williams, Department of Agronomy and Range Science, UC Davis
Charles E. Vaughn, HREC
Craig D. Thomsen, UC Davis Department of Agronomy and Range Science
Milton B. Jones, UC Davis and HREC Department of Agronomy and Range Science
California Agriculture 55(6):60-64. DOI: 10.3733/ca.v055n06p60.
Dozens of annual legume varieties were plantedand grazed on Hopland rangeland; many persistedat 50% cover for 10 years. Authors recommendseeding mixes.
W.L. Graves is Advisor Emeritus, UC Cooperative Extension, San Bernardino and Riverside counties; W.A. Williams is Professor Emeritus, Department of Agronomy and Range Science, UC Davis; C.E. Vaughn is Staff Research Associate, HREC; CD. Thomsen is Staff Research Associate, UC Davis Department of Agronomy and Range Science; M.B. Jones is Agronomist Emeritus, UC Davis and HREC Department of Agronomy and Range Science.
We acknowledge Pete Sands, for assisting with the original plantings and Bob Keiffer, who conducted a prescribed burn and helped with plot maintenance; David Dyer and his staff at the Natural Resources Conservation Service's Plant Material Center at Lockeford, Calif., for providing seed supplies of many of the experimental lines for annual legumes; Fred Thomas, who helped with the seed companies; Loshe-Mills, Clyde Robin and Kamprath, which provided seeds of many of the annual legume commercial varieties produced in south and western Australia; and Kevin Foster, deputy curator of the Australian Trifolium Genetic Resource Centre of the Western Australia Department of Agriculture, for his willingness to share many of the new and promising lines from his vast clover collection, allowing us to access these lines and cultivars early in their development and to test their performance at HREC.