How to reliably establish leucaena
Leucaena is a perennial forage that can significantly improve productivity and profitability of beef production systems in northern Australia. However leucaena has specific climatic, soil type and management needs for reliable establishment and long term productivity.
In this presentation, Stuart Buck (DAF Senior Agronomist) discusses the climate and soil requirements of leucaena together with the recommended practices to prepare, plant and establish leucaena.
Download a copy of the presentation – How to reliably establish leucaena (PDF, 3.04 MB)
Additional leucaena resources:
- The Leucaena Network
- Leucaena – code of practice
- How to manage leucaena once established – recorded webinar (FutureBeef)
- Leucaena – a guide to establishment and management (MLA)
- How to reliably establish Leucaena
- What does Leucaena do?
- Presentation background
- Outline to the presentation – what is being discussed
- Climatic needs for Leucaena
- Soil needs for Leucaena
- 1. Planning for Leucaena
- i. Which paddock is best?
- ii. What is the starting point?
- iii. Row configuration (alignment, spacing)?
- iv. When to plant?
- v. Which variety is best?
- vi. What seeding rate is best?
- vii. What method is best?
- viii. What machinery do I need?
- 2. Preparation for Leucaena
- i. Conserve moisture
- ii. Seed bed – what is best?
- iii. Controlling weeds
- 3. Planting Leucaena
- i. When to plant Leucaena?
- ii. Planter characteristics – what’s best?
- iii. Post-plant weed control – what’s best?
- iv. Insect control – what’s best?