Benson

Brachycalycinum Clover

  • Mid-late maturity
  • Very good burr burial (better than Antas)
  • High levels of hard seed (51%)
  • Black seeded
  • High autumn and winter forage yield
  • Large leaves – suitable for hay

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Benson is Barenbrug’s new Brachycalycinum sub clover with mid-late maturity, 129 days to flowering (Perth). Benson has been bred to have the explosive growth of Antas sub clover combined with improved persistence attributes of higher hard-seed and better seed burial. Benson suits medium to high rainfall environments and will hold-quality later into the season than early/mid sub clover cultivars. Benson also helps to fill the winter feed gap with strong growth through both autumn and winter. The large leaves offer good grazing and hay production. Suitable as a companion species to drive nitrogen fixation in the soils within either a permanent pasture or medium term cropping rotation.

 

Key features

  • Mid-late maturity
  • Very good burr burial (better than Antas)
  • High levels of hard seed (51%)
  • Black seeded

 

Key benefits

  • Mid-late maturity
  • Very good burr burial (better than Antas)
  • High levels of hard seed (51%)
  • Black seeded
  • High autumn and winter forage yield
  • Large leaves – suitable for hay

 

Performance

Benson performs at similar yield levels to Antas, however has increased burr burial and higher levels of hard seed.

 

 

 

 

Variety Management/Agronomy

Benson has a greater level of hard compared to Antas along and better burr burial providing a more persistent legume base to your pasture. Benson has very large leaves that make it attractive to stock and delivers improved levels of digestibility. Care must be taken on newly sown pastures so as to not overgraze too early, as establishing plants may be pulled from the ground. Light grazing during the establishment period will help control weeds and encourage dense prostrate growth. Once established, heavy grazing on Benson up to flowering time will improve seed set.

 

Pests

All sub clovers are susceptible to Red legged earth mites (Halotydues destructor), Blue oat mites (Penthaleus major), and Bluegreen aphids (Acyrthosiphon kondoi) and Spotted alfalfa aphids (Therioaphis trifolii). Control is essential at the early seedling stage to ensure establishment and appropriate pest management must be implemented as required. The use of TimeRite and other programs is strongly recommended.

 

Disclaimer: The information presented in this brochure is from official and other sources and is considered to be reliable. It is provided in good faith and every care has been taken to ensure its accuracy. Barenbrug does not accept any responsibility for the consequences that may arise from the acceptance of recommendations or the suggestions made.

 

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