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NQTS produces over 20 different varieties of grass seed and legumes specialising in the production of both public and PBR varieties
NQTS currently works with breeders and seed companies which require the multiplication of new lines of seed for pre- commercialisation.
A fine-leafed, mid-flowering Rhodes grass variety with excellent stolon development. Suited to subtropics and it is moderately frost tolerant. It is a high yielding variety and due to its palatability is commonly used for hay production. It is widely exported to other countries for fodder production. It was originally selected for its nematode resistance for rotation in Tobacco Cropping.
The Setarias are amongst the most cold-tolerant of the tropical grasses, and are commonly grown in higher rainfall coastal districts of the subtropics. Setaria is tufted, with flattened, and often red colored leaf bases and can grow to a height of over 2 metres. The Setarias are well accepted by cattle and require reasonable fertility, but are fairly tolerant of short – termed water logging conditions. Varieties- Splenda [PBR], Narook, Kazungula & Solander.
Urochloa (Braci) Decumbens
Commonly known as signal grass. Urochloa is a trailing perennial with leafy stems which tolerates heavy grazing. It is suited to a wide range of soils but does not withstand waterlogging. Only a small number of legumes are compatible as it is a dense grower. It response well to good fertility.
Grown extensively as a cattle fodder, hay crop, cover and rotational crop and fallow crop which adds fertility and organic matter to the soil. Brown seeded, White flowering variety, which is the later flowering cultivar. It will continue to grow during flowering, which usually occurs in June. Other varieties - Highworth. Black seeded, purple flowered variety which is early maturing.
Meringa Cowpea is a long season annual legume which can be grown for green manure or grazing. Meringa Cowpea is well adapted to a wide range of soils that are well drained. The crop does not tolerate water-logging. It is a popular variety, used as a green manure crop by many of the sugarcane producers in the wet tropics in Northern Queensland. Other varieties – Ebony (PBR), Caloona and Kalki.
Seca Stylo is a hardy plant ideal for extensive grazing.It can be sown in a wide range of soils but does not tolerate water logging or heavy cracking clays Seca was released for the lower latitudes, being very late-flowering. However, since its release, there has been a change in type as Seca now appears able to flower at any time that there is moisture and warmth; flowers are often seen on plants in spring in subtropical districts.
A trailing legume which is more drought tolerant than some other legumes. Flowers in early May. As it holds leaf better in cool conditions, Cooper can be grown further inland, and has performed well on more fertile soils in higher rainfall sub coastal areas of southern Queensland.; It has larger, coarser leaves and longer internodes, with a dull green colour. Other varieties - Tinaroo.
Greenleaf Desmodium is a rather coarse, trailing plant with a deep tap root and thick stems which root down well at the nodes. It has good spring and autumn vigor and combines well with tall grasses such as Nandi Seteria, Guinea Grass and Green Panic. The leaves have the characteristic reddish brown to purple flecking on the upper surface and has a purple flower. It has good nutritive value, and is well accepted by stock as it is quite palatable. Greenleaf can stand lower temperatures than most legumes but is knocked around by frost.
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