Persian Clover

  • Suitable for multiple grazings and/or hay/silage cuts
  • Used for fodder cropping and HDL mixes
  • Has some resistance to Rust
  • Superior and genetically pure replacement for Shaftal
  • Suitable to mix with winter active, short term ryegrass
  • Long season growth


    Laser (Trifolium resupinatum var. majus) is a soft seeded Persian Clover with a semi erect to erect growth habit that demonstrates late season maturity. This late maturity makes Laser well suited to areas with a long growing season. Laser produces large numbers of thin walled, hollowed stems, which contribute to the erect and bushy appearance. It is also well adapted to various soil types, tolerant to waterlogging and mild soil salinity. Laser was developed as a superior replacement for Maral providing improved herbage production and Rust resistance. Laser is very palatable, highly digestible (16-24% crude protein) and is well suited to multiple hay cuts, grazing or silage production and can be successfully used in pasture mixes with ryegrass or oats to increase winter production. Laser Persian Clover is an effective disease break in cropping rotation and has the ability to fix high levels of soil nitrogen. Laser Persian Clover will also assist in management of problem weeds including those that are herbicide resistant.



    Name Category Rainfall pH Soil Type Inoculant Sowing Rate
     Laser  Persian 550mm+ 5.5 - 8.5 Laser is suited to most soil types from sandy loams through to heavy clay sois. Group C Rhizobium or AgriCote 4-6 kg/ha (pure) 6-8 kg/ha (irrig) 2-5 kg/ha (mixes)



    Laser demonstrates late maturity, flowering approximately 155-176 days after sowing. As the flowering habit is indeterminate flowering times can vary depending on the season.


    Pest Resistance

    Persian Clovers are susceptible to attack from Lucerne Flea (Sminthurus viridis) and Red Legged Earth Mite (Halotydens destructor). Control measures will need to take place as required.


    Key Features

    • Shows good early vigour
    • Offers excellent winter and early spring production
    • Adapted to a large range of soil types, especially lighter soils
    • Suitable for grazing, fodder, green manure and High Density Legume mixes
    • Excellent pioneering plant, especially on acid soil


    Key Benefits

    • Laser is well adapted to various soil types, tolerating both waterlogging and mild soil salinity. This allows it to be used in a variety of regions throughout Australia
    • Laser is a large improvement over Shaftal, resulting in higher herbage production and rust resistance


    Disease Resistance/Tolerance

    Laser is resistant to Clover Scorch (Kabatiella caulivora) and has low resistance to Rust (Uromyces trifolii-repentis) on stems and leaves.


    Variety Management/Agronomy

    Laser is a very soft seeded variety and will require re-sowing. It is recommended that Laser only be used as a one year rotational crop as Rust (Uromyces trifoliirepentis) can cause losses if consecutive crops are produced. Laser is well suited to hay and silage but not tolerant to heavy grazing and should be treated as a fodder crop and grazed rotationally.



    Laser has been granted protection under PBR. Unauthorised commercial propagation or any sale, conditioning, export, import or stocking of propagating material of this variety is an infringement under the Plant Breeders Rights Act 1994. Barenbrug Pty Ltd has an exclusive licence for the production and marketing of Laser.


    Annual Clover

    Annual Clovers are almost always used as the legume component in hay/silage and grazing mixes. Annual clovers produce large volumes of feed through the winter/spring and early summer and are suited to many different soil types.