Why combine Diploid & Tetraploid ryegrasses?

Why combine Diploid & Tetraploid ryegrasses?

Blends of diploid and tetraploid ryegrasses can achieve a more balanced pasture on your farm. The high sugars and leafiness of tetraploids combined with the persistence and standability of diploids makes an ideal blend with the best of both worlds. Diversity in your pasture Production stability Reduce higher establishment costs of tetraploid ryegrasses Reduce sowing rate High pasture quality For example, combining ryegrasses such as Matrix SE (a diploid) and Base AR37 (a tetraploid) in a perennial ryegrass blend delivers high levels of dry matter production, improved balance of quality feed, high levels of persistence and grazing flexibility. We offer blends of diploid and tetraploid ryegrasses such as Vatbuster, Megabite, Winterbite & Performer. DIPLOID vs TETRAPLOID DIPLOID Densely tillered Competitive […]

March 10, 2018

Selecting a Fodder Beet variety

Fodder beet is a demanding crop, but if managed well it can be extremely high yielding. So it’s important to select the correct fodder beet variety to fit your farms requirements. Our range of Fodder Beet varieties have been bred to be grazed in-situ, or be lifted and fed whole or chopped. Lifting or grazing fodder? What is the difference?  

June 5, 2017

Estimating Fodder Beet Yield

Estimating Fodder Beet Yield Pull all the beets from at least three different 5 metre long sections of rows in the crop, chosen as a representative sample of the crop which the cows will eat first. Clean any dirt off the roots; cut the tops off and weigh the roots and tops separately Find the average weight per running metre of row for roots and average weight per metre for tops and multiply these numbers by 20,000 [in the case of a 50cm row spacing or by 22,222 in the case of a 45cm row spacing] to get a kg/ha wet weight for roots and one for tops Send a representative sample of roots and tops away for DM determination […]

June 5, 2017

Fodder Beet – Sowing & Management Recommendations

Fodder beet is a demanding crop but if managed properly can be extremely high yielding. Attention to detail in preparation prior to, during and following sowing is critical to ensure good results. Pre-sowing Paddock selection is important. Fodder beet requires a weed free, firm, fine, moist seedbed that is well drained with no sub-soil compaction and a soil pH greater than 6.0. Ideally pH should be corrected 6-12 months before sowing. Fodder beet is sensitive to certain residual chemicals with active ingredients such as Aminopyralid, Picloram, Oxyfluren, Chlorsulfuron or Atrazine. Make sure with-holding periods for these chemicals are observed. Spray paddocks out 6 weeks before sowing and cultivate to achieve a fine, firm seedbed. For best results general soil fertility […]

June 5, 2017

Combating Winter Grasses

As we move into winter, a range of winter grasses and broad leafed weeds begin to germinate in our pastures. Light green in colour with tufted growth habit and seeding from late winter throughout spring and early summer, Poa Annual matures quickly and seeds profusely making them an agressive weed difficult to control. Grazing or mowing is ultimately ineffective in their control as they begin to choke up your pastures. Preventing winter grass establishment is a key component in maximising the performance or your pastures. As you can see by the images below WINTER GRASSES TRIAL Using Scanner 500, we trialled its effectiveness on winter grasses last season here at Larnder. As you can see there was a greater ryegrass plant […]

May 4, 2017

Quick Weed Control Tips

These are my Quick Tips to controlling weeds in pastures this season. Winter grass such as Poa & Barley Grass – use Scanner 500 in early growth stage & pastures have been grazed. Stinging nettle and general flat weeds – use Ester 680.(if not worried about clover)(1L/ha) Cape weed and general flat weeds – use Amine 625 at 800mL-1.4L/ha. Cape weed, chick weed & marshmallow, stinging nettle – use Amine 625 (see rate above) and Pound at 45-75mL/ha. Option 3 is probably the best option to kill everything. Cape weed in new pasture – use Rygrex at 1L/ha if grass is not moisture stressed. Will only suppress chick weed. Recommended rates are only a general guide. Please check the label for further information regarding withholding periods, […]

June 3, 2016

Gibberellic Acid – Increasing winter growth

Accelerate Gibberellic Acid 200 SG Growth Regulant is a naturally occurring plant hormone that has been maximising pasture growth during the cooler months to deliver quality feed quantity during periods of reduced winter pasture production. By increasing the natural level of gibberellins contained in plants, the FX Gibberellic Acid stimulates growth though cell expansion resulting in stem and lead elongation. Applications deliver accelerated growth creating significant gains in dry matter yield for up to 3 to 4 weeks provided adequate moisture and nutrition is available. BENEFITS OF GIBBERELLIC ACID Improves livestock management and reduces supplemental feed costs by extending the grazing period Increased dry matter and metabolizable energy per hectare. Up to 600kg DM/ha extra growth. Reach optimal grazing height quicker, […]

May 25, 2016

Why renovate your pastures?

Introduction From the time a pasture becomes properly established its production gradually declines and often the feed quality also reduces. Commonly there is a loss of high quality pasture species over time, often due to pest attack. There are many reasons for renovating a pasture such as: To take advantage of a new advance in pastures (such as novel endophytes) To replace a poor producing or poor quality To re-establish a pasture species lost to pests (such as white clover lost to clover root weevil) To provide an opportunity to alleviate or remedy soil damage such as pugging To address a serious weed and/or pest problem Benefits of regressing Assuming the only benefit of regrassing was increased pasture production, regrassing […]

February 15, 2016

Steps to control Barley Grass

Barley Grass has continued to become a greater problem with annual grasses that are prolific seeders tending to dominate over perennial species. We’ve listed some practical tips to combat Barley Grass: LATE SPRING & SUMMER Identify areas of infestation in spring. Stop these areas seeding by grazing hard, then spray with Glyphosate 450 (200ml/ha Glyphosate can be useful). In areas identified for Barley Grass control, spray again with Glyphosate 2L/ha over summer if your pastures are green. If pastures are dry lightly cultivate soils (to a depth of 50mm). If any rain falls this cultivation will help germinate the Barley Grass seed in soil. Two weeks after the Barley Grass seed germination, spray with Glyphosate at 1-2L/ha. Repeat the bold section highlighted […]

February 5, 2016

Pasture Planning & Improvements

PREPARED BY PETER NOTMAN & ADAM FISHER The aim on most farms would have to be more home grown feed, therefore achieving a greater amount of total energy harvested per Ha. With this in mind, the main ingredients for a successful pasture crop need to be: Water Good plant coverage of ground. The appropriate plant material Adequate soil fertility and condition, P. K. S, pH etc Nitrogen at 1-1.5 Kg/day when moisture is available Have stocking rate to consume this feed These are the known factors that influence pasture growth and consumption. Any of these that are under your control need to be addressed. SETTING TARGET DATES FOR YOUR PASTURE PLAN February Protect your most productive pastures. Plan resowing early […]

January 14, 2016
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