At Pasture Genetics we’re so confident about our seed genetics and seed quality, we will replace seed at half the original purchase price if it fails to establish satisfactorily in the first thirty days*.
Replacement seed for crop failures.
Pasture Genetics is very confident about seed quality and provides our innovative Establishment Guarantee program on all of our proprietary products.
Unfortunately establishment failures can occur and if the crop needs to be replanted, Pasture Genetics will provide replacement seed at half the original purchase price.
The Establishment Guarantee program is available for the vital 30 day period after planting and provides growers with substantial savings if they need to replant their paddocks.
Establishment Guarantee™ claims
During 2007 Pasture Genetics provided replacement seed for numerous Establishment Guarantee claims in crops such as lucerne, clover, SOWsmart® blends, ryegrass, medics and forage cereals. The reasons for replant included:
Gippsland Victora - Excess rainfall
Central Victoria - Drought conditions
Northern Victoria - Chemical residue damage
Mid North SA - Insect damage
South East SA - Seeder malfunction
Central NSW - Drought conditions
Southern NSW - Paddock was sand blasted
Southern QLD - Poor establishment due to seeding depth
Pasture Genetics is the only forage company in Australia to offer Establishment Guarantee.
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Establishment Guarantee™ - Farmer Feedback
Seed claimed under Establishment Guarantee program
In the event of an establishment failure, due to any circumstance at all, with a Pasture Genetics proprietary seed product, Pasture Genetics will provide replacement seed at half the original purchase price. Garney Harch, of Silverleaf, near Murgon, in the Burnett region of Queensland, claimed under the program when a paddock of L56 lucerne failed to establish satisfactorily.
The Lucerne was planted after a flood and the establishment issues were in areas where the water had gone through and removed a lot of the top soil.
“Flood water picked a path through the lower spots and it was just a bit too raw. It dried out a bit too quickly and t5he Lucerne didn’t survive the first plant,” Mr Harch said.
Additional seed was claimed with the Pasture Genetics Establishment Guarantee program and the second time around, with watering and some rainfall, the L56 lucerne established well.
“Our agronomist organised it for us,” Mr Harch said. “Every little bit helps.”
The replanted paddock of L56 lucerne went on to yield well across the summer and is now an integral part of the forage production program on the property.
Mr Harch said they had been very happy with L56 lucerne and it was now the only type grown on the property.
He said they had very heavy soils that could be prone to diseases such as phytophora and so the excellent disease resistance of L56 increased its performance and longevity.
Garney Harch, near Murgon, in the Burnett region of Queensland
Peter Kelly claimed under the Establishment Guarantee program on a property just west of Echuca in northern Victoria.
Mr Kelly planted a paddock to Jivet ryegrass in the autumn of 2014 and it failed to establish due to the seasonal conditions and the sowing depth.
He was unaware of the Establishment Guarantee program but was advised of it by his agronomist and was able to claim replacement seed at half the original purchase price.
“I am quite please to say they honoured the program,” he said.
The Jivet area was resown and provided grazing opportunities through winter and spring.
Peter Kelly, west of Echuca in northern Victoria
The Pasture Genetics Establishment Guarantee program was utilised last year by David Gilbert, of Picola, in north-east Victoria for lucerne which was affected by sand blasting.
Mr Gilbert said he planted the L56 and Q75 lucerne under a pivot in September of 2012 and as the crop was establishing it was hit by a severe wind.
“It was a very windy day and the sand killed all the plants,” he said.
The crop was re-sown with a small amount of wheat the second time around and established well with the cover of the cereal.
“We had a good strike, Mr Gilbert said.
The Establishment Guarantee program provides replacement seed at half the original purchase price for crops that do not establish satisfactorily in the first thirty days.
In Mr Gilbert’s case a claim was made and quickly approved through the local Pasture Genetics agent and he was able to replant the paddock.
“It certainly makes it a bit less painful,” he said.
David Gilbert, of Picola, in north-east Victoria
A paddock affected by black beetles was able to be claimed under the Pasture Genetics Establishment Guarantee program on the property of Gavin Parbery, of Bega on the south-coast of New South Wales.
Mr Parbery planted Jivet ryegrass in the autumn on 2013 and initially the establishment was very good.
“Looking at the pasture coming up I was really wrapped in it. Two and a half weeks later it didn’t look as good,” he said.
Damage from the black beetle mean the paddock needed to be resown and it was then Mr Parbery found out about the Establishment Guarantee program.
“That was a really big help,” he said. It’s very important when you get a situation like that. I really think it’s a great idea. It worked really well for us. I think it’s terrific. It’s definitely something I didn’t know about and I’m glad I was made aware of it. It’s a win-win.”
The area was replanted with the replacement seed and after being grazed by cattle across the season it was shut up and cut for silage for the dairy enterprise.
Gavin Parbery, of Bega on the south-coast of New South Wales
Soggy lucerne paddocks claimed through Establishment Guarantee program
Lucerne growers in Murgon with paddocks inundated by rain have been able to claim half the seed back under an innovative program offered by seed company Pasture Genetics. For many growers the large amount of rain that fell in early May coincided with the fortnight after the valuable lucerne crops had been planted. Jason Godden of Murgon had a paddock of Pasture Genetics Q75 winter Active lucerne which received up to eight inches of rain in the fortnight that followed planting. “It came down in bucket loads and it lay water everywhere,” Mr Godden said. The Q75 lucerne stand, which had been planted in the weeks leading up to the rain, ended up with large sections of bare patches. Under the Pasture Genetics Establishment Guarantee program, Mr Godden was able to claim replacement seed at half the ORIGINAL purchase price. “For every bag I bought, I got another one,” he said. “I was able to put more seed on in the weak spots.” Mr Godden said he had heard about the program in the past but this was the first year he had claimed seed from it. “It is good to know we have some back-up with the seed,” he said. “At least we are getting some of it back to help with the replant.” Agronomist Damien Sippel from BGA in Murgon came out to assess the damage and followed up the paperwork from there. Mr Godden said the whole process was quite simple and easy. He said quite a number of other growers in the area had also taken advantage of the Establishment Guarantee program.
One of the other growers was Greg Louis of Murgon, who received 80mm of rain 10 days to a fortnight after his Q75 lucerne was planted. Mr Louis said he originally had 60 acres (24 hectares) of Q75 lucerne and lost almost half of the plant during the rainfall event. The lucerne planted on the heavier black soil survived while the crop in the lighter soil type was hit hardest. Mr Louis said the replant seed will assist in getting the Q75 lucerne stand back to full production as quickly as possible. He said he was aware of the program and was quite keen on the seed company providing replacement seed in the event of a crop establishment failure. Pasture Genetics have been offering an Establishment Guarantee program for the past three years and will provide replacement seed in the event of a crop failure. Under the terms of the program, seed will be provided at half the purchased price if the crop does not establish to the grower’s satisfaction. Claims have been made on a wide range of issues including excessive rainfall, drought, chemical residue damage, insect damage, seeder malfunction, sand blasting and seeder depth. The Establishment Guarantee program is available on all their Proprietary products including Lucerne, Clovers, Medics, Pasture Grasses, Forage Cereals and the Sowsmart Range of pasture Blends for the vital 30 day period after planting and provides growers with substantial savings if they need to replant their paddocks. Pasture Genetics are the only pasture based company in Australia to offer such a service to their important farmer customer base.
Andrew Newstead of Gilgandra, New South Wales, was able to claim some L70 lucerne that was water-logged and also sustained herbicide damage in the autumn of 2012. Mr Newstead said he sowed the lucerne in mid-May and it was then inundated with inches and inches of rain shortly afterwards. “It did wash it out and the plants that were left had damage from Treflan,” he said. The Establishment Guarantee program had been widely promoted through the Pasture Genetics literature and on the bag tags and Mr Newstead made enquiries about it. After an inspection of the damage the claim was immediately processed and replacement seed provided at half the original purchase price. “It was nice to know that the scheme was there if you had to resow,” Mr Newstead said. “It’s almost like insurance and is a very generous scheme. It provides us with a little bit of reassurance.”
Andrew Newstead of Gilgandra, New South Wales
Emerging 54Q53 lucerne seedlings were sandblasted during severe weather and failed to establish satisfactorily. The lucerne was replaced under the Establishment Guarantee program at half price. “I think it is a very generous offer,” Geoff Williamson said. “It is better than wiping your hands of it and saying bad luck. It is a fair loss if you have to finance the whole lot yourself.”
Geoff Williamson - Carisbrook, VIC
A large area of L90 started well and then failed to establish due to dry conditions. A total of 52 bags were replaced under the Establishment Guarantee program at half price. “It is a great thing for the growers, John Stratton said. “Especially when you have dryland lucerne. We will give it another go this year,” he said. “It is good to be able to come back and get some reimbursement if you need it.”
John Stratton - “Nelia”, Coonamble, NSW
A SowSmart pasture blend that failed to establish satisfactorily was replaced under the Establishment Guarantee program. Lloyd Walpole said he was not aware of the program until his local distributor checked the crop and said it was likely to be eligible for replant. “I think it’s a good scheme,” Mr Walpole said. The reseller looked at the crop, assessed it and the replacement seed was provided. “I think more people should be aware of it,” Mr Walpole said.
Lloyd Walpole - Nathalia, VIC
A crop of Diplex ryegrass was resown under the Establishment Guarantee program and went on to yield between 19 and 19.5 t/ha. The ryegrass was originally planted in early March, 2006 and suffered four days over 30 degrees and a late irrigation when the water was held back. With virtually no plant survival the local agronomist recommended the Establishment Guarantee program and the crop was replanted later in March. “That’s fantastic of you,” Gary Flanigan said of the program. “I thought I would have to take the hit but it was very good.”
Gary Flanigan - Katamatite, VIC
An 18 hectare strip of Multileaf® ML99 was inundated with rain after planting last season which washed most of the seed from the paddock. “We went into town and filled out the form and faxed it through.” Mr Rose said. “There were no dramas - it was quite easy.” The 15 bags of seed were replaced at half the original purchase price.
David Rose - Murgon, QLD
A crop of Outback oats was claimed under the Establishment Guarantee program on the Harrigan property at Nobby on Queensland’s Darling Downs. Jamie Harrigan said the oats had been inundated with rain shortly after planting which affected its establishment. He said we were not aware of the Establishment Guarantee program until they attended a Pasture Genetics day shortly after the oats had been lost. Replacement seed was provided and used for a September plant with the forage performing very well for the replant.
Jamie Harrigan - Nobby, QLD