Prediction of coumestrol content in unirrigated lucerne crops using weather variables

  title={Prediction of coumestrol content in unirrigated lucerne crops using weather variables},
  author={R. L. Fields and J. R. Sedcole and G. Barrell and D. Moot},
  journal={New Zealand Journal of Agricultural Research},
  pages={528 - 542}
  • R. L. Fields, J. R. Sedcole, +1 author D. Moot
  • Published 2019
  • Biology
  • New Zealand Journal of Agricultural Research
  • ABSTRACT Elevated coumestrol levels in lucerne (Medicago sativa L.) can reduce the reproductive performance of ewes. A model to predict coumestrol content of lucerne between summer and late autumn was developed to assess the risk of a crop having elevated levels. Data from previous studies have shown fungal damage to be the major contributor to coumestrol levels, but the fungal infestation levels that can cause a risk to reproduction in sheep are difficult to quantify. A number of variables… CONTINUE READING


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