Chariot is a semi-winter active type that offers exceptional forage quality, versatility and flexibility
within your production system in semi dormant regions. Chariot has quick regrowth from cutting/
grazing and excellent stand persistence. Suited to grazing, high quality hay and silage production and
can be included in pasture mixes due to its low crown height.
- Semi-winter active dormancy 5
- Strong pest and disease resistance
- Excellent seedling vigour for strong stand establishment
- Strong leaf hold
- Excellent persistence
- Wide cutting window
- High stem to leaf ratio
- High yielding
Chariot has been selected from elite USA breeding populations for persistence, vigour and freedom from leaf disease.
|Early seedling vigour
|Low crown height
|Recovery after cutting
|Fineness of stem (Spring)
|Fineness of stem (Late summer)
|30 – 35 days
Disease and pest resistance
|Spotted Alfalfa Aphid (SAA)
|Blue Green Aphid (BGA)
|Phytophthora Root Rot (PRR)
|Root Knot Nematode
|Susceptible (S); Moderately Susceptible (MS); Moderately Resistant (MR); Resistant (R); Highly Resistant (HR)
Lucerne agronomic information
Pasture type and use
Chariot is a medium term lucerne variety (5 – 7 years) offering year-round production, predominantly in the spring/summer but with varying levels of winter production. In many cases good grazing/hay cutting management will lead to longer stand life 6+ years.
Deep, well-drained soils (sands to moderately heavy clays) is required with a slightly acid to alkaline pH (CaCl2) 5.0-7.5. Lucerne is intolerant of high levels of exchangeable aluminium and even short periods of waterlogging.
Suggested sowing rates
Dryland hay or grazing: 4 – 8kg/ha
High rainfall/ Irrigation: 9 – 20 kg/ha
Irrigated hay production: 25 – 35kg/ha
Rain grown stands: (southern & WA): 250 – 800 mm per annum
Sub-tropics: 500 – 1200 mm per annum
Chariot is inoculated with Group AL rhizobia with Apron XL fungicide applied for Damping off diseases and Poncho for insect pest control to allow successful establishment.
Chariot lucerne is available through all national rural resellers.
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This information sheet should not be used as a replacement for expert advice or judgement. Conditions for Sale and Restrictions on Use are listed on the bag and should be referred to. All liability is excluded to the full extent permitted by law. Information source: Pastures Australia