LEGEND LESPEDEZA -THREE FOR THREE IN FORAGE TESTS
the newest annual-striate lespedeza was “3 out of 3” as
the ‘top yielder’ in a three year forage
test at Central Missouri State University. In each season of the 3-year
replicated university study near Warrensburg, Missouri, Legend lespedeza
out-yielded the Marion variety by over 30%.
are two very good reasons to consider Legend in your pastures: timing
and tonnage. Both mean more
milk and more pounds of beef!
lespedeza is likely to be used most effectively as a companion legume
providing high quality (protein, energy, and minerals) feed in
cool-season grass pastures during summer months when it’s needed most.
Because these grasses leave a significant gap during the summer
months, lespedeza is a perfect choice –especially in low pH soils.
production, calf weights and reproductive efficiency are all closely
tied to the animal nutrition during this period.
The effects of endophyte toxicity in fescue pastures during this
time are hard to measure, but well documented.
This fungus affects all of animal performance -especially
reproduction. By adding
Legend as a companion forage, the effects of this fungus can be
Lespedeza is also very unique because it is amazingly tolerant to
infertile or acid soils. It
is a good reseeder, is very drought tolerant, and is one of the few
legumes that do not cause bloat. In order for a lespedeza stand to
persist, it must produce seed and resist disease.
Lespedeza has been on the ‘come-back’ in recent years,
especially with the development of new types and varieties.
is the newest selection of common or striate lespedeza. It has longer,
narrower leaves than other annual types, and in some tests has grown 6-8
inches taller than the popular Marion variety. In addition to being
taller, Legend also appears to have a much greater leaf to stem ratio
with its leaves much closer to the ground.
Dry matter yield estimates taken in single-cutting side-by-side
comparisons have shown the new ‘Legend’ lespedeza has a definite
yield advantage over all other types and varieties.
In some cases the advantage has been 2 to 1.
In the single-cutting test conducted in southern Arkansas, Legend was the
top yielder –out producing the next closest variety by 35%.
More importantly, in most areas, this new lespedeza exhibits a definite
advantage in drought tolerance and the ability to reseed itself when
other types do not.
lespedeza can be used for either pasture or hay, and it can be grown
with several grasses. It
can be grown effectively in nearly all of the lower Midwest and
throughout the South. A
number of producers have also found the Legend lespedeza to work well
with warm-season grasses, with adequate management, in both grazing and
hay production in areas in Mississippi, Alabama and Florida.
reason to consider lespedeza is that it is an excellent wildlife food
source. Deer, Quail, Wild
Turkey, and other game prefer lespedeza to many other food sources.
lespedeza is marketed exclusively by Cutting-Edge
lespedeza is an acid tolerant, drought resistant legume that has the
ability to grow on very thin, low pH soils.
It does respond to fertilization, particularly phosphorus, but
shouldn’t be heavily fertilized with nitrogen in grass pastures.
order to ensure re-seeding, Legend should not be closely grazed in the
fall until it has been allowed to re-seed (September – October).
Legend appears to be superior to other types in its re-seeding ability.
may be over-seeded (broadcasted) into existing pastures or hay fields
during winter months (Jan –March).
It may also be seeded with a no-till drill or mixed with
fertilizer. The use of a
pasture harrow may be helpful in some conditions.
When drilling, special care must be taken to avoid getting seed
too deep; in fact, most of the seed should still be almost visible
behind the drill.
performs best when inoculated and seeded apart from fertilizer products.
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