The sun was out, and the perfect weather drew in the crowds of more than 30,000 for the 2019 41st South East Field Days. It was a hot and dry but a pleasant couple of days of low 20’s with a bit of early fog, indeed an encouraging sign that hopefully, the season is not far from turning around.
The Pasture Genetics team spent March 15-16 speaking with growers from as far reaching as the Clare Valley in the Mid North of South Australia, all the way over to Bendigo in Victoria. All growers had one thing in common; livestock production and getting some feed in front of them for the coming season. The South East Field Days are always at an interesting time of the year for enquiry, where many growers have either have their plans for the year locked in or are making final tweaks. However, many prescription blends were recommended as well as advice on preparation for planting new pastures for the following season.
Pasture Genetics displayed Balance Chicory that garnered much attention at the site, with interest in deep-rooted and hardy perennial species on the incline, but also a focus on forage quality and intake. Renegade Red Clover was also shown much attention, with the ability to handle higher temperature ceilings than White Clover, in our ever-changing climate this trait, in particular, is appealing to many growers. As always the short term ryegrass varieties Jivet, Mona and Jackpot proved popular with many stories shared about success from previous seasons as well as interest in these in demand, high-quality products as they build a reputation for reliability and output.
Whether it was the weather or just the intrepid spirit of the whole farming community showing through, all left the field day buoyed with confidence for the 2019 season.
Image: Pasture Genetics site at the 2019 41st South East Field Days.