by Al Williams
Trials of an Australian subterranean clover that could help farmers to be more sustainable and save money have been on show at an open day at Ara Institute of Canterbury in Washdyke today.
Agribusiness tutor David Mills showed members of the agribusiness sector and public around the trial when the Ara Washdyke campus opens to the public for the first time.
The six-month trial had shown five types of subterranean clover to be thriving in Canterbury conditions, Mr Mills said.
“That’s good news for farmers because the clover is hardy and productive.
“Another local farmer is using it, but it is an unusual seed for New Zealand. We have already had agribusiness partners visiting us here to see the progress. It is producing two to three times the volume of other pastures and it produces its own seed, so you don’t have to keep replanting pastures.”