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Campeda Sub Clover

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Campeda is a black seeded Sub clover that belongs to the Trifolium subterraneum ssp. subterraneum family. It was derived from elite lines of Sardinian germplasm and therefore is well suited to Mediterranean and temperate climates. Campeda demonstrates a prostrate to semi erect growth habit and persists well on various soil types. It has mid season maturity which makes it adaptable to medium and high rainfall environments. Campeda is a superior replacement for Woogenellup and an alternative to Goulburn or Mount Barker and is suited to regions with a 6–7 month growth period. It has been selected to provide excellent winter vigour and has increased levels of persistence due to higher hard seed levels (29%) and superior seed yield compared to that of Woogenellup. The hard seed levels of Campeda makes it suitable for either permanent pasture or short to medium term cropping rotations. Campeda will provide the benefits of fixing soil nitrogen along with providing an effective disease break.

Key features
• Subterraneum Sub clover with mid season maturity – 123 days to flowering (Perth)
• Superior winter vigour, higher production and disease tolerance over Woogenellup
• Has a better ability to utilize background rhizobium than all other Sub clovers
• High hard seed levels (29%)
• High seed yield resulting in excellent regeneration
• Approx. 2 weeks earlier flowering than Goulburn although Campeda can vary flowering to match season
• Alternative for Seaton Park

Key benefits
• Known for its leafiness and forming a dense sward, this variety produces dry matter quickly in the autumn and provides excellent winter vigour and late season productivity
• The high hard seed levels, increased persistence, production and superior seed yield make Campeda an ideal replacement for Goulburn and Woogenellup
• The ability of Campeda to better utilize background rhizobia in the soil ensures best possible nitrogen fixation to assist growth and crops following pasture phase

Disease Resistance/Tolerance
Campeda has demonstrated resistance to clover scorch (Kabatiella caulivora) and root rots caused by Pythium (Pythium spp.) and Fusarium (Fusarium spp.) in glasshouse trials.

Agronomy and management
Campeda has the ability to produce more seed and provide high levels of hard seed (29%) compared to varieties such as Woogenellup and Goulburn. This characteristic allows Campeda to build up a greater reserve of seed in the soil over time, thus enhancing persistence and productivity for many years. Campeda has demonstrated excellent winter and late season productivity. Care must be taken with new sown pastures so as not to overgraze too early, as plants can be pulled from the ground. Light grazing during the establishment period will help control weeds and encourage dense prostrate growth. Once established, heavy grazing of Campeda up to flowering will improve seed set. When flowering begins, stocking rates should be reduced to optimise seed set.

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