A well established and maintained lucerne crop can produce significant amounts of high-quality feed for many years. The establish-ment costs for lucerne can be high. Therefore it is important to have a good plan to ensure that this investment is not wasted. Weeds left uncontrolled can prevent adequate lucerne establishment and there are many instances where farmers have had to re-sow.
As suitable herbicides that can be used in an established lucerne crop are limited, a focus on a robust annual winter clean up programme when the crop is dormant will help keep on top of weeds and maintain crop productivity.
We have compiled an easy to use guide to help you select the best herbicide and insecticide options to control weeds, and ultimately keep your lucerne stand productive, for longer.