As we approach our spring sowing window, Pasture Genetics have compiled the Spring Advisor 2017. Spring is the season of opportunity, with the usually reliable combination of rising soil temperatures and soil moisture.
How to best harness this opportunity with spring planting for forage production is the essence of this Advisor.
Across the regions of Australia, we have seen patchy and lower than average rainfall events this winter. This has led to poor crop and pasture growth, which in turn will place many farming operations in a vulnerable position, potentially running short on feed and hay supplies to last the fast-approaching spring-summer period. Focusing on what potential shortfalls you may endure, our Advisor will guide you toward taking an agronomically sound approach, with a value driven product range to suit all operations.
If you are looking to increase forage production into spring and through to autumn, we have many options in lucerne, brassica, millet, sorghum and subtropical grass. All of which are outlined in this Advisor. Please assess which are most suitable for your operation. Spring sown forage brassicas can produce excellent livestock weight gains, with common results of around 150 – 250 grams per head, per day for lambs and 0.8 – 1.2 kilograms per head, per day for cattle.
Be sure to eyeball our SOWsmart® range of brassica options, these are “ready to sow”. From the Spring Fast Feed Blend to the Spring Graze Blend and Spring Finishing Blend, you’re bound to ﬁnd a SOWsmart® Blend that will suit your growing conditions. The relatively low cost of establishing forage brassica also makes the SOWsmart® range an attractive solution for quick feed.
In seeking spring forage crops don’t overlook the “king of spring” fodder crops – lucerne, the most consistent and long-term option. Spring sowing is best suited to the specialist hay types such as Q31 Lucerne and L56 Lucerne, with rising soil temperatures. They establish quickly and reward you with high quality production in the ﬁrst year. You can rely on Pasture Genetics Australian bred and tested lucerne, as we continue to focus on breeding varieties speciﬁcally suited to Australian farmers and forage systems.
Rebound Forage Millet has performed consistently across Australia, it has established itself as the industry’s cornerstone millet. It is ﬁne stemmed, non-toxic, safe at all stages of growth, and importantly, cost effective. When sown with Balance Chicory and Subzero Hybrid Forage Brassica, as in the SOWsmart® Summer Feed Blend, it can keep cows in lactation and weight gains on steers, despite summer’s top temperatures.
Harness the spring opportunity with a forage species – be it brassica, millet, sorghum or lucerne and drive extended production for your livestock enterprise, with lamb and cattle prices at historic highs, you will be glad you did.
At Pasture Genetics, we comprehensively trial seed at our Penﬁeld Research Station facility and on-farm, across Australia and overseas. Some of our most recent results and ﬁndings have been included in this Advisor, please take the time to absorb the data.
I wish you all the best for a productive spring season, and if you have any queries or require further information, don’t hesitate to be in touch with your local Territory Manager – you will ﬁnd their contact details on the back of the Advisor.
Pasture Genetics is a 100 per cent Australian owned, family business and our top priority is providing you with ﬁrst-class, agronomically sound, superior products, to support and push your farming enterprise.
It’s a pivotal time in agriculture – we’re seeing great advances, speciﬁcally in plant breeding, in Australia and around the world. What’s exciting is, there’s so much more ahead, and I have no doubt Pasture Genetics will continue to lead the way.
Image: Tony and David Vollmer of Woodville, New South Wales in their Pasture Genetics L92 Lucerne.