Handle drought stresses with Progardes® Desmanthus

Drought persistence

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Progardes®, Australia’s #1 Desmanthus, the solution bred for the harsh conditions of Northern Australia


Progardes® Desmanthus is resilient under poor conditions. The Blackall paddock pictures below in 2018 and 2019 were planted in 2017, germinating on 130mm of rain, and under drought conditions ever since (average rainfall = 530mm/yr).

Progardes® Desmanthus also has high water use efficiency read more here.



   Handle Drought Stressed April 2019


Progrades® Desmanthus also has high water use efficiency, read more here.


Key Benefit of Legumes

  • Increased Dry Matter Yield: 40-100%
  • Increased LWG/ha: 30-80kg/ha/yr
  • Increased Carrying Capacity: 20-50%
  • Increased body condition score
  • Reduced lick requirements
  • Improved herd fertility
  • Faster turn off
  • Reduced methane
  • Carbon sequestration
  • Provides Nitrogen to associated grasses
  • Adds botanical diversity to pastures

Handle Drought Stresses Benefits


Tap root system  

Progardes® Desmanthus has long tap roots that allow it to access deep moisture and nutrients out of the reach of more shallow-rooted grass pasture species. This makes it very drought tolerant and able to survive extended dry periods, as well as enabling it to compete with grasses and to stay green and productive longer than associated grasses.

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Low growing crown 

The low growing crown of Progardes® allows it to reshoot from below soil level as seen in this photo. This enables Progardes® to tolerate heavy grazing, frost, and fire.

Despite some of the driest years on record around the Rockhampton region, we have seen Progardes® Desmanthus not only successfully establish, due principally to seed scarification and the sheer number of seeds in its bare form.

Ross Newman,  Agronomist, Rockhampton

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