As always following a year of feed shortage, the requirements for early sown crops to start feeding hungry livestock will be in high demand. At Pasture Genetics, we have had good production results with short term grasses and cereals for early sowing, so rest assured, when the time comes for sowing and the season breaks, there will be stock available and homegrown feed will not be far away.
One particularly promising option for this sort of early sowing application is our new forage oat variety Bronco. Bronco comes to market with full commercial release in 2020 after very strong results in wide-scale trial work in 2019. Even in a tough year, Bronco provided solid feed, with a robust nature surviving tougher conditions and great yield potential in more favourable seasonal circumstances. Excellent crown rust resistance and warm soil emergence characteristics will allow Bronco to be sown early with safety and provide a long season of production, and security of being able to safely lock up a crop at the end of a season for hay without the risk of an onset of crown rust.
Another exciting development at Pasture Genetics Penfield Research Station in late 2019 was the opening of the Benito Damin Laboratory and Education Centre. This state of the art facility was dedicated to the memory of my father Benito Damin, who had an unsurpassed passion for knowledge, excellence and education for the next generation and was one of the cornerstones behind the establishment of the Penfield Research Station operations as a whole. We have already hosted workshops and information sessions in the new space, and look forward to bringing many more groups of people through to utilise the Education Centre.
Now coming into another year where success is critical, and failure in crops is not an option, I would once again like to encourage you to please be very careful and purchase your seed from a highly reputable source such as Pasture Genetics and our retail partners. Our seed comes with extremely high-quality guarantees and we are proud to say that we have developed one of the most trustworthy seed production programs available to Australian growers. There should be good stocks of all seed types moving into the sowing season this year, but as always, plan and order early to avoid missing out.
As always, best of luck for the season ahead.
Image: PASTURES Autumn Update 2020.