Lucerne harvested last week at CEDAR, University of Reading yielded an estimated 6.7t of dry matter a hectare (2.7t/acre). The 5ha (12-acre) crop is a CEDAR/Volac sponsored trial examining harvesting techniques, chopped and non-chopped bales, and biological additive use. Lucerne was mowed and conditioned then left to wilt for 36 hours, before three rows were put into one for baling 12 hours later. The crop was over 40% dry matter at harvest. Bales were wrapped with six layers of plastic. CEDARs Prof David Beever (inset) is convinced lucerne is worth considering as a home-grown source of protein and the farm has sown another 4.8ha (12 acres).