Reports, fact sheets and information on rotations using crops, fodders and pastures
Yorke Peninsula farmer Doug Smith introduces Sulla to help deal with resistant ryegrass.
Better transitions between crops and pastures and managing both phases well are the keys to lifting farm profitability in WA's southern medium and high rainfall zones.
Tight crop pasture rotations make it very difficult to establish high density feed at the break of the season and in early winter. To overcome this farmers are increasingly sowing cereals and canola with clover or into established clover pastures to fill this gap.
Luke and Annette Caelli have been actively re-sowing pastures on their West River farm. Over the last five years they have found that a number of species have stood out. One of these is French serradella.
Losa subterranean clover is encouraging in-paddock results, following good seasonal conditions in mixed-farming areas of the south-west of WA.
Farmers keen to capitalise on subsoil moisture left over from summer rain may be tempted to scratch in some crop on the first available Autumn rain. But what options are available when sowing in late March and early April?
It depends a bit on where you farm and what your objectives are as Grain and Graze's Phill Barrett-Lennard explains.
Crop stubbles are an important feed source for livestock over the summer/autumn months in mixed farming enterprises. They are available when green pasture is scarce and are used to reduce high stubble loads for better establishment of subsequent crops.
Cam Nicholson presents analysis that shows using summer rainfall through fodder production has no impact of the following winter crop yields
Research article on improving medic pasture performance to increase production and nitrogen on Eyre Peninsula