Plantings of the perennial Vigna species, V. adenanrha and V. parkeri, are being evaluated for potential value as pasture plants on a Spodosol site in peninsular Florida. The V. parkeri accession being evaluated was recently released in Australia as Shaw creeping vigna. A low seeding rate of 1.4 kg ha- l resulted in sparse stands of this legume. Two 0.5-ha pastures have been grazed for two years with good survival of individual V. parkeri plants, but plant spread has been limited. Vigna adenantha was seeded at 2.0 kg ha-1. Initial plant populations were sparse, but vigorous viney growth provided Vigna dominant pastures when deferred from grazing for the establishment year. Subsequent grazing has produced average daily gains of 0.4, 0.6, and 0.7 kg at stocking rates of 6, 4, and 2 head of yearling steers ha-l, respectively, during grazing periods of approximately 75 days each in mid Summer of 1985 and 1986.


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