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Lab Lab Seed

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Lablab is a high quality legume that is ideal for wildlife food plots for deer and other wildlife. Lab Lab can be used in mixtures with other forage and wildlife crops or alone to provide silage, green chop or pasture for livestock.

We usually recommend, when planting in a food plot, planting Lab Lab with forage sorghum, millet, sorghum-sudangrass or corn. The Lab Lab vines will wrap around and grow up the stalks of these plants such as corn, allowing both of the plants to thrive and provide forage to animals. Lablab has a protein range between 21 and 28% and is a high quality forage choice for summer pastures and summer grown food plots.

Lablab is a high quality legume that is ideal for wildlife food plots for deer and other wildlife. Lab Lab can be used in mixtures with other forage and wildlife crops or alone to provide silage, green chop or pasture for livestock. We usually recommend, when planting in a food plot, planting Lab Lab with forage sorghu

Lab lab seed for sale

Scientific name(s)
Lablab purpureus

Strengths

  • Easy to establish with large seed that can be sown directly into moisture
  • High yielding with high quality forage
  • Non-bloating
  • Can be sown with summer grasses (e.g. Forage sorghum)
    to provide mixed forage system
  • Drought tolerant once established
  • Can be grazed, harvested for hay, or used as a green manure

Limitations

  • Short-lived
  • Poor frost tolerance
  • Low salt tolerance
  • Intolerant of prolonged water logging

Plant description

Plant: Summer growing annual or short-lived perennial legume

Stems: Thick, trailing and twining

Leaves: Comprise 3 large rounded leaflets

Flowers: White or purple borne on long stems

Pods: Flattened, usually 4 – 5cm long with 2 – 4 seeds per pod

Seeds: Seed colour can vary according to cultivar from white/cream to brown or black; characteristic fleshy white strip around half of circumference

Pasture type and use

Lablab is a high yielding forage legume sown for grazing, forage conservation and as a break crop in sub-tropical and tropical farming systems. It is commonly used in mixed cropping-livestock systems in northern Australia and as a legume ley in sugar cane systems to address soil fertility decline.

Where it grows

Rainfall
Best suited to regions with 600 – 2500 mm annual rainfall and predominantly summer distribution.

Soils
Wide range of soils from deep sands to heavy clays provided drainage is good. Will grow on acidic to alkaline soils (pH water 5.0 – 7.5). Does not tolerate poor drainage or prolonged water logging.

Temperature
Tolerates light frosts and is more tolerant of low temperatures than cowpea.

Establishment

Companion species
Grasses: Can be sown with tall forage crops such as sorghum and pearl millet.

Legumes: generally not grown in association with other warm season legumes.

Sowing/planting rates as single species
12 – 20 kg/ha

Sowing/planting rates in mixtures
5 – 8 kg/ha

Sowing time
Spring or summer depending on moisture availability.

Inoculation
Group J (Lablab, Pigeon Pea). Some sub-tropical soils may have suitable native rhizobia, however inoculation with the lablab rhizobia is recommended.

Fertiliser
Establishment fertiliser commonly not applied.

Management

Maintenance fertiliser
Commonly grown without fertiliser applications. When grown in sandy soil, it may benefit from applications of phosphorus and sulphur.

Grazing/cutting
Up to three grazing or cuttings are possible. Not tolerant of heavy grazing as this damages stems, but more tolerant than cowpea. Grazing should occur prior to flowering for maximum forage quality.

Ability to spread
Does not spread naturally. May appear in subsequent crops but usually only for 1 year due to low levels of hard seed.

Weed potential
Low weed potential due to short lived nature and poor seed longevity.

Major pests
Lablab roots can be attacked by nematodes and seeds by pod feeding and boring insects..

Major diseases
Lablab is less susceptible to root diseases than cowpea, and disease problems are rare.

Lab lab seed for sale Scientific name(s) Lablab purpureus Strengths Easy to establish with large seed that can be sown directly into moisture High yielding with high quality