Product Used: Moby Forage Barley
A first time try of Moby forage barley has provided an excellent result on the Burenda Hay property west of Oakey, on the Darling Downs in Queensland. Darryl Byrnes, of Burenda Hay, said they had read about Moby the previous season and were keen to plant some. “We were looking for a beardless variety to grow and what I read about it appealed to me,” he said. Moby was planted to 22 acres at a rate of 50 kilograms per hectare in May and produced a bulk of forage despite having received just 30mm of in-crop rainfall.
When harvested in September the area produced 1100 small square bales and 120 large round bales with the produce sold to local dairy farmers and cattle studs. Mr Byrnes said the uptake of Moby by his customers was excellent and many gravitated towards it in a hay shed full of many different hay options. “When I had it in the shed, stacked in bays, they all pounced on the Moby hay bales. Anyone who bought it came back for more.” “It was excellent. It stayed nice and green and soft.” He said the first year of Moby barley had convinced him to plant more of it next year, and he would look at sowing it earlier with the possibility of two cuts for hay through the spring. In a more normal season, spring rain would help the barley regrow and give an opportunity for further hay production. “We could expect at least two cuts from the barley and the oats,” Mr Byrnes said.
Last year the property also planted Outback oats, which was sown in the second week of April after a rainfall event in late March. The 12 acres of oats yielded 90 bales of silage and did well in the very dry conditions and very little in-crop rainfall. “It was the first year we had grown oats on that property and sowed strips of different varieties all the way down the paddock. The Outback was really good.” He said the combination of Outback oats and Moby barley would work well on the property with both being able to be planted at similar times. “The Moby might be about ten days quicker for hay,” he said.
By planting the two types on the property it would allow for different harvest dates to spread the risk and also have a number of hay options available in the shed for the customers. Last season both types established particularly well and excellent germination.
Darryl Byrnes, of Burenda Hay, Oakey, QLD with a large round bale of Moby forage barley.