WHY FORAGE CROPS?

Establishment of summer forage will continue to grow in southern areas with:

  • Increased stocking rates with pastures tending to degrade faster
  • Prolonged dry periods forcing farmers to conserve more fodder and/or grow more home-grown feed.
  • High irrigation efficiency of forage varieties compared to pasture
  • Opportunity to incorporate lime and fertiliser nutrients into the soil and upgrade the pasture once the crop is utilised.
  • Value for money
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SELECTING A FORAGE

Important discussion aspects when selecting a forage crop

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AGRONOMY COMPARISON

CROP AGRONOMY READY TO GRAZE GRAZING SOWING RATE
Chicory Bi-annual, Drought tolerance, high ME and palatability, insect pest tolerant, robustness. Late Summer & Autumn Feed. Low maintenance. 50-70 days Multi 6-10 kg/ha
(standalone)
2-4 kg/ha (Top Crop blend)
Plantain Year round production in pasture mix. High ME & mineral content, fibrous root system, Drought & heat tolerant, persistent, grows well on low fertile soils 50-70 days Multi 8-10 kg/ha
(standalone)1-2 kg/ha
(Top Crop Blend)
Kale A late autumn winter feed, very high dry matter, fill feed requirements when pasture low 150-200 days Multi 4-7 kg/ha
(standalone)
Turnip Fast maturing, High yielding, high quality & utilisation. Ready to graze: 60-75 days (Marco) 70-90 days (Barkant) 90-110 days (MPT) 60-110 day options Single 1-3 kg/ha
(standalone)0.5 kg/ha
(Top Crop blend)
Leafy Turnip Fastest brassica option. Fast maturing, high quality, multi graze option, minimal ripening required 42-70 days Multi 3-6 kg/ha
(standalone)1-2 kg/ha
(Top Crop blend)
Forage Rape Drought tolerant, good response to later summer/autumn rains. Leafy giant type (Pillar), high yielding, multi graze 2-4, strong re-growth potential, good disease resistance 70-110 days (Pillar)
60-90 days (Titan)
Multi 3-6 kg/ha
(Standalone)
1-3 kg/ha(Top Crop blend)
Millet Bulk growth, low cost, fast growing, no prussic acid, excellent water efficiency, high yielding 45-60 days Multi 20-30 kg/ha
(standalone)10-20 kg/ha
(Top Crop blend)
Sorghum & Sudan Grass Strong early yield. Quality & drought tolerance slightly better than Millet. Fast establishment, drought tolerance, water efficiency, suited to grazing, hay and round bale silage 45-60 days Multi 15-30 kg/ha
(standalone)

 

MULTI SPECIE FORAGE CROPS

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* Results will vary depending on all circumstances.

FEED COMPARISON (SPRING-MAY)

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* Results will vary depending on all circumstances.

VARIETY COMPARISON - COMMENTS

Dependent on a variety of factors, including environment, planting time, stock needs & water availability, there is a range of varieties available to suit your needs.

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SINGLE OT MULTI GRAZE?

Selecting a forage crop based on your needs this season.

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READY TO GRAZE?

 

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MOISTURE REQUIREMENTS

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PEST AND WEED MANAGEMENT

Pests and weeds infestations can results in significant crop losses and should be checked and sprayed if necessary. Pre-emergent herbicide applications and ongoing crop monitoring is recommended to maximise the DM/ha performance.

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**All information in this publication is general in nature. Although the information in this publication is believed to be accurate, no liability (whether as a result of negligence or otherwise) is accepted for any loss of any kind that may arise from actions based on the contents of this publication.