Managing New Perennials Over Spring
Gippsland Ag
MLA Perennial Pastures
Managing perennial pastures in the spring and summer after planting is critical to ensure good survival and improve the ability of your new plants to compete against any weeds. Once your grasses are 10 to 15 cm tall and cannot easily be pulled out, a quick grazing when growing conditions are good will encourage tillering and root development. It is...
Plant counts show significant increased establishment in fallow paddock
Gippsland Ag
MLA Perennial Pastures
The MLA "Perennial pastures in a variable climate" PDS continues to demonstrate the benefit of a two-month fallow prior to planting. Plant counts carried out in February, unfortunately, showed that many plots in paddock A have very few of the desirable species growing. However, there are a significant number of perennial plants still growing in all...
Fact Sheet: Selecting the right perennial species for your farm
Gippsland Ag
MLA Perennial Pastures
Sowing perennial pasture is a significant investment that will take 3-8 years for a return on investment, so it is important to establish a productive pasture that will persist and provide feed at the right time of year. If you look at seed catalogues and talk to agronomists, or even worse – ask Doctor Google(!), there are a myriad of different spe...
Plans for the other half of the paddock
Gippsland Ag
MLA Perennial Pastures
This year we will plant the other two paddocks at the Gippy Ag Research Farm as part of our MLA producer demonstration site. We are hoping to show the benefits of increased weed control when planting perennial pastures, with control methods targeting both annual ryegrass and summer weeds. This paddock was worked about the same time that paddocks A ...
The impact of the fallow
Gippsland Ag
MLA Perennial Pastures
Pre-grazing pasture cuts taken in October show a significant difference in the dry matter yield is between the fallow (B) and non-fallow (A) paddocks. The improved growth rate applied to the weeds (predominantly annual ryegrass), as well as to the desired species. Even though the fallow was only for a couple of months, it benefited in several ways:...
Fact Sheet: Do you need to renovate your Perennial Pasture
Gippsland Ag
MLA Perennial Pastures
Late winter and spring is an ideal time to have a good look at your perennial pastures. Assessment of pasture quality will allow you to decide if you will be able to restore them using management techniques such as application of fertiliser or grazing management, or if they need oversowing or complete renovation. This is a good time of year to do i...
Managing Summer Active Tall Fescue
Gippsland Ag
MLA Perennial Pastures
The perennial paddocks were lightly grazed at the end of October, reducing the level of annual ryegrass. This is plot B3 after grazing, showing a good establishment of the planted species, which are summer active fescue (Fortune), phalaris(Holdfast), cocksfoot (Safin) and 2 subclovers (Campeda and Monti). Both the fescue and the cocksfoot will resp...
Annual Ryegrass Woes
Gippsland Ag
MLA Perennial Pastures
One of the biggest challenges of establishing perennial pastures in the Bairnsdale region is competition from annual ryegrass. When pasture paddocks are worked or even when the ground is disturbed by sowing, it is very common to get a substantial germination of local annual ryegrass (Wimmera rye), particularly when paddocks are worked in autumn. Th...
Plot 4 September update
Gippsland Ag
MLA Perennial Pastures
Post establishment plant counts were carried out at the research farm at the end of August and show that, in general, we have a better establishment on the fallowed side. In general, the grasses have grown better on the fallowed side, whereas there is less difference in the clovers and herbs. All results are shown in plants per square metre PLOT 1 ...
Demonstration site
Gippsland Ag
MLA Perennial Pastures
The first demonstration site was planted at the Gippsland Research Farm last month. The 4 Ha paddock was divided into 4 areas, each of which will be prepared differently (Paddocks A-D) Paddocks A and B were planted this year, and paddocks C and D will be managed to improve the control of annual weeds and be planted in 2021. This year we hope to dem...
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