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Dairy farmers wanting to optimise their maize crops are invited to Gippsland Maize Workshops in Maffra & Foster this October The workshops will assist farmers to plan and manage their maize crops over the season, picking up on opportunities and risks each step of the way. Farmers from across the region have expressed interest in growing these crops as a way of driving higher water use efficiency on farm and as an option to rehabilitate badly pugged pastures. The workshops will focus on: Why grow maize? Setting your yield goals Optimising your inputs & costs Planning & Preparation In-crop management issues and solutions Fertiliser Requirements Harvest Management and, Critical Issues Peter Notman who works closely with farmers said in a tight year […]
Adam Fisher & Andrew Allsop discuss the importance of trials comparing to current farming practices. With a multitude of pasture varieties available on the market it can be difficult selecting the right cultivar to suit your farm. The decision has been made easier for many dairy farmers participating in Notman Pasture Seeds pasture trial program in southern Australia where farmers can identify what performs well under their local conditions & management practices. Proving valuable decision-making tools, the trial program offers greater ownership of the decision by allowing farmers to see how innovations in pasture breeding are delivering increases in pasture yield, persistence & quality on their farm. Agronomist Andrew Allsop with Notman Pasture Seeds in the Western District said as […]
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?
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 […]
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 […]
Maize silage is a key driver in the high production system for the summer months on the Tymenson farm at Cora Lynn. Wayne Tymenson saw increasing dairy farmer demand for maize silage as an opportunity to increase farm income at the same time renovating peat loam paddocks. Maize silage has been used as a break crop in the summer in between wheat and potato crops. Starting with shorter season varieties in the early 2000’s, the Tymenson family experimented with mid and long season varieties. Working closely with Adam Fisher from Notman Pasture Seeds, Mr. Tymenson said they decided to settle on the proven mid season variety Pioneer P1467. Mr Tymenson said he had moved back to a mid-season variety to […]
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 […]
A FARM VISIT with NEIL THROCKMORTON When you farm at Woorarra East in the hills behind Toora with a 1200mm annual rainfall, the 625mm annual rainfall of Yarram over the last ten years is comparatively dry. For the Throckmorton family they affectionately refer to their recently purchased 150ha outblock south of Yarram as the Gobi Desert. “The fortnight before we purchased it we applied 2&1 fertiliser, and it just went brown. It was nothing to do with the fertiliser, it was just a very dry season” said dairy farmer Neil Throckmorton. Purchased in September 2015, Mr Throckmorton said the property was “Totally unimproved, tussocks, stunted growth and low fertility”. “Our focus was to improve the property so we could grow […]