TONIC plantain is a mineral-rich perennial grazing herb that is a valuable pasture component, particularly in drier regions and less fertile conditions. TONIC has a similar yield potential and suits similar management systems to perennial ryegrass.
Tonic suffers from few pests and diseases. Pre-emergent weed control is important as Tonic is susceptible to broadleaf herbicides after emergence. It is not recommended to sow Tonic if a brassica crop is being used as a weed clean-up tool.
Tonic is highly palatable and preferentially grazed. Tonic suits a grazing management similar to ryegrass, with potential yields like that of perennial ryegrass. Ideally a 20-25 day rotation will maintain seedhead palatability through late spring and summer.
Tonic can add value, both in terms of dry matter and quality, in a diverse range of ways in any farming system. The benefits of Tonic include improved dry matter production and quality at key times of the year. Tonic also has a positive impact on animal performance by improving the supply of some trace elements.
- Valuable year round production
- Source of key minerals – calcium, sodium, copper, selenium
- Degree of drought tolerance due to deep coarse root system
- Strong cool-season growth
- Suits wide range of environments and soil conditions
- Sowing rate of 2-3 kg/ha in pasture mixes, 8-10 kg/ha in straight form.
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