The lucerne seed industry in Australia is made up of more than 250 individual seed production farms in irrigated and non-irrigated production systems, predominantly in the upper and mid-south east of SA. Seed is produced for the domestic and overseas markets.
Siriver is a popular public export lucerne seed variety bred in the 1970s by the CSIRO lucerne program. In 2016, the supply of Siriver seed used by Australian growers for planting to produce certified seed for export was low, and was predicted to be exhausted within several years. Lucerne Australia recognised the urgent need to increase Siriver seed stock because a lapse in continuity of supply was likely to hinder the lucerne seed industry.
Subsequently, an opportunity was identified for development of a seed source to secure the sustainability of Siriver seed for growers and marketers.