SARDI 5 is a semi winter dormant lucerne (dormancy rating 5) bred in Australia for long term persistence and greatly improved pest and disease resistance. It has a bushy growth habit, fine stems and a low, broad crown making it very persistent under grazing. SARDI 5 performs well in both irrigated and dryland environments and is particularly suited to challenging cold, wet environments, or sites with known disease pressure.
SARDI 5 is best suited to farming systems where long term persistence, summer production and herbage quality are the most desired traits. Also where winter production is either not wanted or is obtained in a mixed pasture.
Disease / Pest Resistance:
SARDI 5 has one of the highest disease and insect resistance profiles and is high resistant (HR) to Anthracnose, Phytophthora Root Rot, Spotted Alfalfa Aphid and Blue Green Aphids. Its high level of disease resistance provides a level of insurance that it will perform in a wide range of environments that may include a number of diseases in combination. This is often the case where there is a long history of lucerne production with irrigation generally multiplying the effect.
SARDI 5 offers improved disease resistance for superior long-term persistence.
SARDI 5 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.