Research & Development

All pasture and forage varieties available from Notman Pasture Seeds are thoroughly trialled and tested on farms throughout Australia & New Zealand to assess their performance capability under varying farming conditions.

Spring Sowing Pasture

We’ve listed important factors to consider with sowing pasture in spring, including cultivation, sowing depth, weed control, grazing, pugged pastures & more

Lucerne Flea Control

Have you noticed Lucerne Flea in your pasture and crops this season? It’s characterised by ‘springing up’ in the air when pasture or crops are disturbed.

Your Guide To Weed Control In New Pasture

Poor establishment of newly sown pasture results in a decrease in pasture productivity and an increase in chemical costs from the extra weed control requirements down the track.

Perennial Ryegrass – choosing the right grass for your farm?

When all the sales reps say they have the best grass for you – here’s what to consider when choosing the right perennial ryegrass.

Seed Storage

The stability and survival of endophyte within seed lots is affected by many storage variables, including humidity, temperature and age, and like germination ability, can degrade over time.

Endophytes Explained

Endophytes exist in a symbiotic relationship where by they are provided the nutrients needed to exist from the plant and in return provide benefits to the host plant such as protection from insect attack.

Grazing AR1 Perennial Pasture

An AR1™ type endophyte infected ryegrass is generally more palatable than a standard endophyte type of the same cultivar and does not deter overgrazing.

Tetraploid Grasses

The cells of tetraploid grasses are larger than those of diploids, leading to a higher percentage of cell contents relative to cell walls. This has positive effects in terms of palatability and nutritional value of a plant, including metabolisable energy content, although differences are generally not significant compared to diploids.

The Cultivar Checklist

The following is a checklist to assist in deciding whether the claims made in promotional material are valid, whether the data is accurate and reliable, and whether the claims are applicable to your situation.

Seed Certification

Crops and resultant seed must pass specific standards at the field (growing) stage and laboratory (processed) stage. Growers of ‘certified seed’ must have their farms and individual paddocks mapped and registered with the scheme.

Identifying Winning Varieties

All pasture and forage varieties developed for Notman Pasture Seeds are thoroughly trialed and tested on farms throughout Australia & New Zealand to assess their performance capability under varying farming conditions prior to commercialization.

Forage Wall Chart

Our Forage Wall Chart is designed to give you a overview of forage cultivars available on the market, detailing their growth, persistence, sowing rates & endophyte status. It also features helpful comments on each cultivar.

GrubOUT U2 Endophyte

Introducing the GrubOUT® U2 endophyte, a unique new endophyte providing host pasture grasses with above and below ground protection against serious insect pests.

Pasture Planning & Improvements

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

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

Why renovate your pastures?

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.

Accelerate – Increasing Winter Growth

Accelerate 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.

Quick Weed Control Tips

These are my Quick Tips to controlling weeds in pastures this season.

Combating Winter Grasses

Preventing winter grass establishment is a key component in maximising the performance or your pastures.

Why combine Diploid & Tetraploid ryegrasses?

Diploid ryegrasses have two sets of chromosomes per cell, compared to a tetraploid which has four. Diploids combine yield and robustness whilst Tetraploid’s are extremely tasty and palatable.

Adjuvant Quick Guide

Adjuvants play an important role in herbicide formulations and spray mixtures to improve herbicide performance. Find out more here

Accelerate – Frequently Asked Questions

Accelerate 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