Tropical Grasslands (1991) Volume 25, 337341
Sericea lespedeza production on acid soils in Swaziland
P.D. MKHATSHWA1 and C.S. HOVELAND2
1Malkerns Research Station, P.O. Box 4, Malkerns, Swaziland.
An adapted perennial low-input forage legume is needed on the very acid soils of Swaziland to feed cattle during the long winter dry season. Serala and Interstate 76 (high-tannin) and AU Donnelly and AU Lotan (low-tannin) sericea lespedeza (Lespedeza cuneata) cultivars developed in the southeastern USA were planted in yield trials in the low, middle, and highveld of Swaziland at 150, 950 and 1500 m elevation, and harvested over a 4-year period. At the middleveld location, the effect of rhizobia inoculation of seed and N fertilisation on all cultivars was also studied.