Download a copy of the Sardi 10 series 2 Alfalfa factsheet.
A new release from Barenbrug, SARDI 10 Series 2 benefits from excellent winter growth and is a leader in grazing tolerance for a highly winter active alfalfa.
During its development, the breeder was successful in focusing on improving the very popular SARDI 10. The greatest emphasis was on increasing forage production and quality, pest and disease resistance, persistence and grazing tolerance. A key physical feature is the greatly improved leaflet density down the length of each stem. These advancements allow for even greater adaptability to any farming systems.
During the establishment period lucerne seedlings are vulnerable and care must be taken not to overgraze 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 (ie 4–6 weeks). Set stocking at moderate to high stocking rates reduces persistence.
Sardi 10 Series 2 is resistant (R) to Phytophthora Root Rot (Phytophthora medicaginis) and Anthracnose.
SARDI 10 Series 2 is highly resistant (HR) to Spotted Alfalfa Aphid (Therioaphis trifolii) and Blue-Green Alphid (Acyrthosiphon kondoi). As with other alfalfa varieties, SARDI 10 Series 2 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. AgriCOTE seed will aid establishment in these circumstances.
SARDI 10 Series 2 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.