New Pioneer Lucerne varieties deliver choice
Date: 15 July 2014
Pioneer has two research stations for lucerne breeding and is one of the few seed companies that are actively breeding and producing lucerne seed. Breeding efforts are focused on developing superior-performing varieties through improved yield, winter hardiness and stand persistence.
55V50 is a "muscle" variety which couples high yield potential with good winter hardiness. It has high resistance to Phytophthora Root Rot making it an excellent option for heavier soils.
55Q27 has exceptional forage quality making it the first choice for hay producers. It offers high resistance to the five main New Zealand lucerne diseases - Phytophthora Root Rot, Fusarium Wilt, Bacterial Wilt, Verticillium Wilt and Stem Nematode.
Pioneer Lucerne Characteristic Ratings 2014-2015
1= Poor, 9 = Excellent - Based on Pioneer research comparisons with other Pioneer® brand lucerne cultivars
Disease resistance profiles
HR - Highly resistant (more than 50% resistant plants)
R - Resistant (31% to 51% resistant plants)
MR - Moderately resistant (16% to 30% resistant plants)
LR - Low resistant (6% to 15% resistant plants)
S - Susceptible (up to 5% resistant plants)
Important: Ratings are based on historical field observations and analysis of traits by Pioneer Agronomists and Research Managers and may not predict future results.
Contact us for more information on 55V50 and 55Q27.