Entries by Luisettiseeds

Subterranean clover drives sheep production

The combination of sheep genetics and legumes such as lucerne and subterranean clover are the key drivers behind the Zino family’s high-performance sheep operation. Based on 983ha effective flat land near Hawarden in North Canterbury, the Zino’s 3250 ewes are lambing an average of 148% and weaning 36-38kg lambs, with over 55% gone before or […]

Chris Tyson – Seed Manager

We’d like to welcome Chris Tyson to his new position as our new Seed Manager at Luisetti Seeds. Chris will be stationed at the front desk and has taken over from the very long-serving Ken Townley who is now enjoying his third month of retirement. Chris worked in the agricultural sector for 14 years before […]

Companion clover for top performing forage cultivars

Moa Persian Clover is a top flowering cool season annual legume which performs well as a companion clover. It is later flowering than other Persian clovers, enabling the plant to produce higher quality vegetative feed longer into the growing season. We recommend sowing Maimai Ryecorn at 100 kg to the hectare and Moa Persian Clover […]

We’re bringing a piece of history into the boardroom

In the years before we handled all our inward deliveries in bulk, the total harvest arrived at the Luisetti Seeds door in sacks. You can imagine what a big job it was unloading all those lorries each carrying 100 to 150 sacks. As the sacks were unloaded, they were individually branded, wheeled into a shed […]

Introducing Simon Fleetwood – Agronomist

We’d like to welcome Simon Fleetwood as our new agronomist for Luisetti Seeds in Mid Canterbury. Simon has been in the agronomy industry for fifteen years. He studied initially as an Ag ITO student. The focus was on practical on-farm work, supported by classroom study with a tutor every two weeks. Simon submitted his projects […]

Maimai Ryecorn consistently outperforming old favourite Rahu

In 2018, our Maimai Ryecorn cultivar was described by Nelson Marlborough Farming Magazine as “a true winter-forage option” and “a compelling choice for discerning New Zealand farmers”. Our Maimai Ryecorn is a modern, better-performing substitute for the enduring cultivar Rahu, which has been the mainstay of ryecorn forage production in New Zealand since 1976. In […]

Get more out of your pasture mixtures

Include a selection of Antas, Denmark, Woogenellup and Monti sub clovers with your permanent pasture mixtures to increase the cool season performance in your pastures, providing higher ME feed for pregnant and lactating ewes. We recommend M 10kg/ha of our super sub mixture is included with your pasture mixture. When sowing Italian type ryegrasses, add […]

Virus resistant wheats being developed by the Luisetti Seeds/Plant and Food Research wheat breeding programme

Barley yellow dwarf virus (BYDV) is a disease that can cause major yield losses in wheat. However, using a genetic tool called Marker Assisted Selection, staff working in the Luisetti Seeds/Plant and Food Research (PFR) wheat breeding programme have developed virus resistant breeding lines. The selected lines contain BYDV resistance (Bdv2) from crosses between Viceroy […]

Luisetti Seeds bids a fond farewell to Ken Townley

Ken clearly remembers the exact date he began working for Luisetti Seeds: the 11th January, 1999. Ken is our Retail Manager at Luisetti Seeds. Five years ago, Ken was also asked to take up the role of Health and Safety Officer. Now, 20 years later, we bid Ken a fond farewell and best wishes for […]