Sceptre Lucerne

(Medicago sativa)

Bred for Australian cropping and pasture rotations

Sceptre Lucerne was bred for Australian conditions by the South Australian Department of Agriculture and in earlier years was one of the most widely adapted Lucerne’s in WA and it performed very well across a wide range of soil types and climatic conditions.

Sceptre Lucerne is a tall, large leaved, highly winter active variety that exhibits a large number of fine, erect stems per plant and has a low crown making it suitable for grazing.

Ideally Lucerne should be sown in soils of pH 5.5, CaCl² and above. Ongoing applications of fertiliser are required to support good plant production.

Sceptre Lucerne key attributes:

  1. Highly winter active, (9 on a scale of 1 to 10), with good production in other seasons
  2. Vigorous seedling establishment provides strong robust plants
  3. Excellent disease and pest resistance profile
  4. Ideal for hay grazing and silage
  5. Ideal in legume component of a pasture mix
  6. Strongly tap rooted for enhanced drought tolerance
  7. Highly recommended for shorter term, 2-4 years, cropping rotations in 280-500mm rainfall zones




Stagonospora Crown Rot

Stemphylium Leaf Spot

Leptosphaerulina Leaf Spot

Phytophthora Root Rot

Spotted Bluegreen & Pea Aphids

Root Knot Nematode







Colletotrichum Crown Rot

Fusarium Wilt

Bacterial Wilt

Stem Nematode









HR = Highly resistant; R = Resistant; MR = Moderate resistant; T = Tolerant:

Sceptre Lucerne is suited to dryland or irrigated growing areas and performs well in sites where disease and nematode susceptible varieties will not persist.

Being highly winter active, Sceptre Lucerne can be sown through the early winter to early spring period and is suitable for under sowing cereals or as a rotation crop.


Recommended pH Rate: 5+

Recommended Rainfall Rate: 280 to 500mm

Recommended Sow Rate:

Dryland:            4 to 10 kgs/ha.

Irrigation:         10 to 20 kgs/ha.