Progardes® Desmanthus

Establishment Guide
Clay rich soils
Neutral to alkaline
High protein 12-20% CP

Driving pasture productivity

Progardes® Desmanthus is a pasture legume scientifically developed to improve and sustain your pastures. It is persistent, productive in clay-rich soils, and naturally adapted to a broad range of harsh conditions. 

Progardes® Desmanthus is a highly palatable source of protein, with excellent digestibility that converts to faster, higher weight gains. Independent trial results indicate that tropical legumes such as Desmanthus help maintain pasture productivity resulting in more dry matter production and higher protein levels compared to grass-only pasture.

Keys to successful

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Prepare the best seed bed possible
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Sow when the conditions are best for germination and establishment
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Provide the right soil conditions and nutrition for optimum growth
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Minimise competition from weeds and dominant grasses
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Control pests
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Let Progardes® Desmanthus fully flower and seed in the first season of growth

Wondering how to plant Progardes®?

Our pasture seeds and Progardes® are now supplied by Selected Seeds. Please contact them for further information and sales enquiries.

Progardes® planting rate

To avoid preferential grazing and improve the overall sustainability of your pasture, aim to establish Progardes® Desmanthus across the whole paddock, not in selective areas.

Planting rate will depend on the level of seed bed preparation, scarification, and planting method. Agrimix Pastures can provide assistance for solutions to your planting requirements. We also recommend that you consult with your Agronomist when planning your pasture mix and preparing your seed bed.

Prepared seedbed (tillage/spraying)
Limited preparation
Limited preparation
1.5-2kg scarified seed per ha 3kg scarified seed per ha
2kg hard seed per ha

Progardes® Desmanthus seed is uncoated, delivering more Pure Live Seed in every kilogram you spend and more seed in every kilogram.


Monsoonal Regions

September - mid-January
Key indicators
- Soil temperature >15°C
- Soil moisture greater than 40cm by mid-January

Central & Southern QLD Northern NSW


Key indicators
- Soil temperature >15°C
- Soil moisture greater than 40cm by mid-January
*Note: December is typically too hot to plant Key indicators

Things to consider
when establishing Progardes®

Faecal seeding with
Progardes® Desmanthus

Sustain your pastures and increase your productivity

How does faecal seeding work?

Being a hard-seeded legume, Desmanthus has a natural hard seed coat well-suited to faecal seeding.

Progardes® Desmanthus seed can be purchased as hard seed suitable for faecal seeding. The hard seed coat protects the seed from germination as it passes through the animal’s gastro intestinal tract. The seed then sits in a viable state in the dung ready to germinate when conditions are suitable.

Progardes® Desmanthus is well-suited to faecal seeding, being hardy, untreated, palatable and having excellent seed recruitment.

How should faecal seeding be used?

Progardes® is well suited to dispersal by cattle and horses
Faecal seeding is well suited to lower rainfall (400-500mm per annum)

How to plant Progardes® using faecal seeding?

Progardes® hard seed should be added into your lick tubs during the feeding period at a recommended seeding rate of 2kg/ha. Progardes can be mixed with molasses or dry lick. The quantity of seed required for your paddock will depend on the paddock area and the length of the feeding period. The longer your feed period, the better the establishment. Read our Guide for more information on calculating your seed requirements