Growers who have for many years enjoyed the benefits of Genesis lucerne, will transition well into Genesis II. Selected from 68 parents within the NSW DPI lucerne breeding program through the Australian Lucerne Alliance collaboration, Genesis II provides growers with an improved variety that has high resistance to Phytophthora Root Rot & is moderately susceptible to all three strains of Anthracnose. Genesis II has stable high yields and the required feed quality to satisfy both grazing and forage production markets.
As with other lucerne varieties, Genesis II is susceptible to damage from Red Legged Earth Mite (Halotydens destructor) and control measures need to take place prior to seeding or soon after germination.
Genesis II is resistant (R) to Spotted Alfalfa Aphid (Therioaphis trifolii) and moderately susceptible (MS) to Anthracnose. It is highly resistant (HR) to Phytophthora Root Rot (Phytophthora medicaginis) and resistant (R) to Blue-Green Alphid (Acyrthosiphon kondoi).
During the establishment period lucerne seedlings are vulnerable and care must be taken not to over graze as it can cause a severe reduction in plant density. Once established, rotational grazing is important to help improve persistence of the crop. Ideally spell before cutting or grazing until 10% of stems commence flowering, or crown shoots are 1–2cm long on 50% of plants. Avoid cutting or grazing lower than 5cm and it is important to have the crop grazed within a certain time frame (i.e. 4-6 weeks). Set stocking at moderate to high stocking rates reduces persistence.
Genesis II 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 Breeder’s Rights Act 1994.