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The New Zealand Railways Magazine, Volume 8, Issue 3 (July 1, 1933)

Light on Lucerne

Light on Lucerne.

Lucerne, as a fodder crop, has received a big lift from the Department's research activities. It has been recognised for many years that lucerne is helped by the inoculation of the seed with a nitrogenous-bacterial culture, but it is only during the past three years that the development of this process for practical farming has been achieved. This culture has widened the area over which lucerne can be grown, and in all cases it improves the possibilities of success. Indeed, in many cases, it may mean all the difference between failure and success.

Confidence of farmers in this bacterial culture is shown by the fact that a thousand of them obtained sufficient of it last year to inoculate more than 70,000lb. of seed.