If you want better, more profitable results from your new grass this autumn, consider slowing down the pasture renewal process.
This is the advice from Agriseeds, who have just published a new booklet called Every Seed Counts, which covers six key practices for great pasture renewal.
Agronomist Will Henson says following these guidelines can literally add years to the life of new pasture.
“The question we ask farmers is this: if we offered you three more years of pasture persistence in exchange for spending an extra two weeks getting pasture establishment perfect, would you take it?”
Where possible he encourages farmers to try and establish new pasture the way they establish maize or fodder beet crops.
These typically yield 20-24 tonnes (t) dry matter per hectare (DM/ha) over their lifetime, while pasture potentially yields much more, up to 120 t DM/ha.
“Effectively pasture is a ‘crop’ too, and if you treat it like one, you will be better off,” says Will.
Many farmers are time-poor in autumn, meaning pasture establishment can often be rushed, but Will says this is one job that will reward you for taking the time to get it right.
“When it is done right, sowing new grass and clover gives a return on investment few other areas of farm spending can match, as much as 50 percent per annum. That’s because it provides tonnes of extra high quality feed for as little as 10 cents per kilogram of dry matter (c/kg DM).”
The Every Seed Counts’ booklet shows how to achieve these results by focusing on six key practices:
Will says these steps are all links in the chain that makes up successful pasture renewal.
“Pasture is an essential investment in farm profitability. It makes sense to do as good a job as possible to end up with a result you can be proud of.”
If you would like to receive a copy of Every Seed Counts, ask your local Fonterra Farm Source Technical Services Rep, or order one from www.agriseeds.co.nz. To plan your autumn pasture renewal programme, talk to your Farm Source team today.
Article supplied by Agriseeds