Can Tedera establish well on gutless sand?

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Trial details

Researcher(s) Lilly Martin (Liebe Group)
Year(s) 2014
Contributor Liebe Group
Trial location(s) Watheroo, WA
Can Tedera establish well on gutless sand? locations

To determine how much green feed tedera can produce on gutless pale sandy soil and to determine if growing tedera can increase the amount of soil organic carbon in pale sandy soil.

Key messages
  • Tedera geminated well on gutless sand in Watheroo
  • It is expected that the first tedera cultivars will be released to a commercial partner in 2015.
  • Tedera can persist with an average rainfall of 150mm and up to 5 months in drought.


Lead research organisation Liebe Group
Host research organisation N/A
Trial funding source Australian Government
Related program N/A

Thank you to the Martin family for hosting the trial and Seednet for their permission to conduct this research.

Justin Laycock and Frances Hoyle, Department of Agriculture and Food, WA for their help with the bulk density testing in 2014.

Daniel Real and Meir Altman of DAFWA for sourcing and planting the tedera.

This project is funded by the Australian Government, Department of Agriculture. 

For further information, contact Liebe Group
(08) 9661 0570 

Other trial partners Not specified
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Crop type Pasture: Mixed species
Treatment type(s)
  • Crop: Type
Trial type Demonstration
Trial design Unreplicated

Watheroo 2014

Sow rate or Target density 10 kg/ha
Sow date 23 May 2014 23 May 2014
Harvest date Not specified
Plot size Not specified
Plot replication Not specified
Psuedoreplication Not specified



22/05/2014: 1.2 L/ha Roundup, 30 mL/ha Nail

Soil amelioration

09/06/2014: 1 L/ha Wetting agent irrigator

Other trial notes

Poor establishment of the tedera was experienced in the first year of the trial as result of late seeding in August compounded by a very dry summer. As a result more tedera was sown in May 2014. There was a good early germination of seeds from 2013 following the rain in early May and following this a second germination from the seed sown on the 23rd of May 2014. Germinations were vigorous however, the trial site was badly windblown on the 18th of June. The plants that survived this wind event were very healthy and thriving with the subsequent rain events and were competing aggressively against yellow serradella.

In early December the foliage was plentiful but due to the extreme temperatures that followed the tedera had dropped its leaves by mid December. Tedera has shown the ability to recover in Buntine from the drier years and it recovered well at this site after the dry 2013/14 summer, so it is expected to&

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Observed trial site soil information
Trial site soil testing
Site Depth Type pH EC P K N A OC CAT
Watheroo, WA 0 - 10cm Pale deep sand 5.80 0.03 16.00 21.00 0.55
Watheroo, WA 10 - 20cm Pale deep sand 4.40 0.03 10.00 16.00 0.54
Soil conditions
Trial site Soil texture
Watheroo, WA Acidic sand
Derived trial site soil information
Australian Soil Classification Source: ASRIS
Trial site Soil order
Watheroo, WA Kandosol
Soil Moisture Source: BOM/ANU
Average amount of water stored in the soil profile during the year, estimated by the OzWALD model-data fusion system.
Year Watheroo WA
2014 107.6mm
2013 132.5mm
2012 162.7mm
2011 151.4mm
2010 131.7mm
2009 157.7mm
2008 164.8mm
2007 139.2mm
2006 139.7mm
2005 97.6mm
2004 87.3mm
2003 116.4mm
2002 87.9mm
2001 94.3mm
2000 179.5mm
National soil grid Source: CSIRO/TERN
NOTE: National Soil Grid data is aggregated information for background information on the wider area
Actual soil values can vary significantly in a small area and the trial soil tests are the most relevant data where available

Soil properties



Watheroo WA 2014

Observed climate information

Rainfall avg gsr (mm) 250mm

Derived climate information

Watheroo WA


Some data on this site is sourced from the Bureau of Meteorology

SILO weather estimates sourced from
Jeffrey, S.J., Carter, J.O., Moodie, K.B. and Beswick, A.R. (2001). Using spatial interpolation to construct a comprehensive archive of Australian climate data , Environmental Modelling and Software, Vol 16/4, pp 309-330. DOI: 10.1016/S1364-8152(01)00008-1.

Trial report and links

2014 trial report

Trial last modified: 23-07-2019 15:33pm AEST