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    Harvesting lucerne?

    Has anyone harvested lucerne seed before? Or know someone that has?
    I would like to talk to someone that has first hand experience.
    Possibly someone around marlborough region?

    Thanks Kyle

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    Hundreds of blokes growing it here where I am. Would you like me to put you in touch with some one?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tuidog View Post
    Hundreds of blokes growing it here where I am. Would you like me to put you in touch with some one?
    Possibly lachlan.
    I am thinking about mowing it, then using a draper front to pick it up.
    The contractor who has a combine head had trouble with spraying it then direct harvesting it. Had a few cases where the wind head come up and blown most of the seed out!

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    @puku I've had a quick google and found a write up about seed lucerne by G A Avery.. I'll try and find link.Interesting read. If i was to mow the crop, I'd do it with the prevailing wind, not across it.
    Thats how they do grass and other crops in mid canterbury. Was also suggested to set up a light roller behind mower, and gathering boards, to produce a tight row. Mow with a dew on it
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    Yes believe I have read that one. Maybe I should get on the phone and talk to a relation of his

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    I'm sure he'll be able to guide you. We have tried to spray our rapes/kales with a hair spray type chemical, it holds the pod closed. Can't remember what it's called. Then direct head. But have since gone back to wind rowing

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    Quote Originally Posted by puku View Post
    Possibly lachlan.
    I am thinking about mowing it, then using a draper front to pick it up.
    The contractor who has a combine head had trouble with spraying it then direct harvesting it. Had a few cases where the wind head come up and blown most of the seed out!

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