SF Force 5

Performance with persistence

SF Force 5 lucerne was developed for grazing under set stocking by selecting plants that excelled and persisted under two years of set stocking. It has good pest and disease resistance and is the ideal choice where producers are looking to plant lucerne with an expected stand life of 7+ years.

SF Force 5 has a low dense crown and produces high yields of leafy high quality forage with good leaf to stem ratio ideal for grazing or hay. It is best recommended for all livestock, mixed farming or hay producers looking for a persistent lucerne suited to long rotations between cropping phases, and for grazing by sheep or cattle.

Agronomic features:
  • Grazing tolerance
    Able to withstand extended periods of set stocking. Improves stands persistence for rotations up to 7+ years

  • Low dense crown high tillering variety
    Handles set stocking and high grazing pressure. High leaf to stem ratio for improved hay quality

  • Good pest and disease resistance
    Excellent production and quality over an extended period

Forage EBV’s – compared to industry standards*

LUCERNE MEASURED
ACTIVITY
YIELD APHIDS LEAF & STEM DISEASES NEMATODES
SN
EXTRA
VALUE $/HA
SAA BGA PA PRR CCR BW FW
SF Force 5 5 107 MR HR HR HR MR HR HR +$415
Kaituna 5 100 R HR HR MR R R HR -$7
Aurora 6 100 HR HR R MR LR R $0

*Mean of relative yields of three year trials from both irrigated trial at Muswellbrook and dryland trials at Denman and Gundagai
*Extra value based on value of extra yield of lucerne over Aurora from three year trials at $200/t.

Sowing rate

10-20kg/ha
>900mm irrigation

8-10kg/ha
700-850mm rainfall

6-8kg/ha
600-750mm rainfall 

4-6kg/ha
450-600mm rainfall

2-4kg/ha
<450mm rainfall

Stock suitability

Dairy, sheep & beef
Hay

Maturity

semi winter dormant 

Australian release

>2008