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The improved conditions being experienced across many regions and a better outlook going forward provides a good platform for the sowing of spring pasture forage crops suitable for hay and silage and brassica crops for finishing lambs.
August/September is ideal for sowing of both irrigated and dryland lucerne. Dryland sowings should be confined to areas that have good moisture profiles and generally have more favourable spring conditions.
With most regions experiencing the coldest winter for many years on farm fodder supplies have been depleted. Sowing of mixes suitable for silage and hay on the Tablelands can be used to replenish these supplies. Suitable mixes include oats and field pea or oats and vetch. Some annual clovers such as Viper Balansa and Arrotas Arrowleaf can also be added to these mixes. The inclusion of the legumes provides some nitrogen fixation but the major benefit is in improved silage and hay quality.
Producers shouls also remember that most silage and hay additives are designed to try to maintain the quality of of forage coming from the field. In addition, known good management practices at the pits should be emphasised even with the use of various silage additives. Additives may allow hay to be baled at higher moisture contents without spoilage.
Soil temperatures have the biggest influence on when late spring sown forage crops such as sorghums and millets and legumes such as soybean, cowpeas and lab lab can be sown. The addition of legumes like cowpeas or herbs such as chicory or plantain to millets can significantly improve feed quality and animal performance. Monitor soil temperatures to determine when the earliest plantings can occur for sorghums and millets.
Spray-topping is a management technique used in early spring to prevent and/or reduce seed set with problem grasses in pastures such as barley grass, brome grass and Vulpia spp (silver grass). Other benefits can improve spring feed quality. The timing of chemical applications is critical to achieve good results so monitoring for seed head emergence is important.
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