Legumes

Primarily known for their ability to fix organic Nitrogen. Legumes fulfill other functions, including high quality grazing, attracting beneficial insects, and building organic matter. 

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Crotalaria juncea

Erect, herbaceous summer legume with well-developed taproot. Used as a cover crop to build organic matter & Nitrogen.

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Vigna unguiculata

Cow Peas vary in function & growth habit. A summer annual legume with well-developed taproot. 

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Pisum sativum

Annual, cool season legume with an upright- or prostrate- growth form. Dual purpose - for grain or forage.

Vicia faba

Annual, cool-season legume. Also known as Fava Bean or Broad Bean. Produces large biomass and Nitrogen.

Lupinus spp.

Cool-season legume with upright growth habit. Used in livestock production - especially for grazing its high quality seed. 

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Trifolium pratense

Perennial forage legume. Establishes and produces quickly, its poor persistence limits lifespan to 2-3 years.

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Mucuna pruriens

Annual, long-season legume - suited to the tropics. High biomass & Nitrogen production. Suitable for grazing.

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Ornithopus spp.

Winter-growing annual pasture legume. Palatable, non-bloating, providing high quality protein forage.

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Vicia villosa ssp dasycarpa

An annual (sometimes biennial) legume - used for grazing or hay production.

Lablab purpureus

Prostrate, twining, herbaceous annual/ biennial crop. Dual purpose summer legume - for pulse grains & forage. 

Medicago sativa

Perennial legume used as a forage crop. Referred to as “the queen of forage crops”.

Vicia sativa

Annual, cool-season climbing legume. Mainly used for pasture & forage - palatable at all growth stages.

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Trifolium repens

Perennial forage legume with a prostrate, stoloniferous growth habit. Very palatable, nutritious and highly digestible.

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Trifolium vesiculosum

Winter annual with erect growth habit. Suitable for inclusion in blends for grazing and hay making.

Sericea lespedeza

Erect, deep-rooted perennial legume that has good longevity. Suited to a wide range of conditions.

Medicago spp.

Wide range of Medic species. Suited to dry conditions. Often rotated with cereals. Palatable grazing.