Crop and Pasture Rotation


Crop and pasture rotation

Reports, fact sheets and information on rotations using crops, fodders and pastures

Farmer Insights

Select Sulla in the rotation for annual ryegrass control

Yorke Peninsula farmer Doug Smith introduces Sulla to help deal with resistant ryegrass.

Transition from Crop to Pasture

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.

Crops on Crops make great Pasture

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.

Renovating Pastures Improves Profits at West River

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.


Media Releases

Losa clover shows early vigour

Losa subterranean clover is encouraging in-paddock results, following good seasonal conditions in mixed-farming areas of the south-west of WA.

Sowing Options for Early Livestock Feed

Farmers keen to capitalise on subsoil moisture left over from summer rainmay 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.

Summer Pasture Planning
Now’s the time to plan next years pastures to make sure you have enough winter feed to maximise lamb growth rates and capitalise on the current lamb prices. That’s the message from Grain and Graze 3 WA coordinator Danielle England. Mrs England said it was important for farmers to plan their pastures just like they plan a crop to get the most out of that part of the rotation....

Research & Discussion Papers

The Impact of Livestock on Paddock Health: Nine Year Enterprise Summary
Mixed livestock and cropping systems have an important role to play in the diversification, risk management and sustainability of farming in low rainfall areas. The majority of farms in these areas use livestock to provide enterprise diversity and risk management, however grazing also offers a range of other system benefits that are generally not accounted for in mixed farming enterprises. ...
Improving Regenerating Medic Pastures in Low Rainfall Mixed Farming Systems
The use of pasture legume species such as annual medics (Medicago spp.) has long been consideredto be a sustainable and pro table means of maintaining soil nitrogen (N), fertility, forage quality and productivity in both permanently grazed pastures and ley-farming systems. However, due to current farming methods there has been a decline in the level of management inputs routinely supplied to past...
Keeping Livestock Productive on Crop Stubbles

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.

Using summer moisture will not affect the next winter crop

Cam Nicholson presents analysis that shows using summer rainfall through fodder production has no impact of the following winter crop yields

Improving medic pastures in low rainfall mixed farming systems how to get the most free N

Research article on improving medic pasture performance to increase production and nitrogen on Eyre Peninsula


Project Reports

Pastures in crop sequencing trial results

A summary of long and short term fodder trials conducted as part of a GRDC Project called 'Pastures in Crop Sequencing'.