SF Forbes

Better seed regeneration and disease resistance for more feed

SF Forbes is an early-mid season sub-clover providing a new and improved replacement for Dalkeith, Losa and Urana. SF Forbes is more hard-seeded than all other cultivars, apart from SF Tammin giving it improved tolerance to false breaks. It is best suited to areas with approximately 350-525 mm annual average rainfall.

It has been tested in both three-year pasture trials as well as under a one year pasture followed by year crop, then one year pasture rotation. It shows improved regeneration after cropping compared to other varieties apart from SF Tammin. Despite this SF Forbes will produce more feed than all varieties after crop in its recommended rainfall zone.

SF Forbes is suitable for permanent and semi-permanent pastures. It can be used in cropping rotations, but at least two years of pasture are required between crops. Its upright, vigorous growth makes it suited to hay and silage production, as well as to grazing by cattle or sheep.

Agronomic features:
  • Sub species subterraneum (black seeded)

    Tolerant of water-logging
    Well suited to flood irrigated hay production

  • Red-legged earthmite resistance

    Higher seeding regeneration in years 2 and beyond
    Higher autumn/winter yields from more plants

  • Early-mid-season flowering

    Produces more feed in medium-high rainfall zone
    Will re-seed in early season finishes

  • Good hard seed levels
    Protects against seedling losses with false breaks

Forage EBVs – compared to industry standards*

VARIETY WINTER YIELD
%
SPRING YIELD
%
TOTAL
YIELD
%
RLEM
DAMAGE#
%
SEED YIELD REGENERATION AFTER CROP % SEED HARDNESS
%
DAYS TO FLOWERING
Yr1% Yrs2-3% Perth
SF Forbes 92 131 112 6 79 104 127 33 101
Dalkeith 100 100 100 39 100 100 100 16 96
Losa 83 106 97 28 84 73 31 9 95
Urana 79 108 91 25 84 58 72 24 105

* forage and seed yields and regeneration after crop are relative to control variety Dalkeith = 100
* data based on 3 years at 3 sites – Cunderdin and Katanning, WA and Eurongilly NSW.
# % damage is % of plants affected

Sowing rate

5-10kg/ha
Sole species

2-5kg/ha
Pasture mixes

Stock suitability

All livestock types
Silage & hay

Maturity

early-mid maturity