Lupins are cool-season annual legumes that fix high levels of Nitrogen and can be grown in a wide range of conditions. Lupins have aggressive taproots, especially the narrow-leaf cultivars. You can kill lupins mechanically or with herbicides. Their hollow stems crush or break readily, making it easy to plant cash crops using conservation tillage equipment.
Three lupin species are generally grown for agricultural purposes, these include: White lupins (Lupinus albus), Blue lupin (Lupinus angustifolius) and Yellow lupin (Lupinus luteus).
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2 – 13 t DM/ha/season
Depending on environmental conditions and management
Well adapted to acidic soils
Grows well on disturbed and poor soils
Often used as a disease break crop
Fixes atmospheric nitrogen (N)
Often used as late winter feed