Back New Pioneer Lucerne varieties deliver choice

Date: 15 July 2014

Two new Pioneer® brand Lucerne varieties - 55V50 and 55Q27 join 54V09, which has been available for several seasons, to offer New Zealand lucerne growers more choice this spring. 

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.

Both lucerne seed varieties have a five for autumn dormancy which should improve late autumn yields relative to 54V09.

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.


Raewyn Densley
Forage and Nutrition Specialist