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Stephen Pasture Seeds possesses one of the most experienced team of pasture seed technical advisers in Victoria, Tasmania and South East of South Australia. Our advisers only recommend products that have been proven in Australia, particularly in Victoria, Tasmania and South Australian conditions. Stephen Pasture Seeds have invested heavily in research including trial sites to support retailers and their farming clientele.
We stock the largest range of temperate grasses in Victoria, Tasmania and South Australia and are major distributors for most Australian and many overseas seed companies including Agricom, TasGlobal Seeds, Vic Seeds, Seed Genetics International, Cropmark Seeds, Heritage Seeds, Pacific Seeds and PGG Wrightson Seeds. We really are the 'One Stop Shop'. When purchasing seed SPS follow a strict quality control system, ensuring the end user receives the best quality seed we can provide.
Stephen Pasture Seeds modern mixing and seed coating facility provides assistance in supplying the highest quality product to help farmers achieve their production outcomes.
Our products are distributed and supplied throughout Victoria, Tasmania and South East South Australia via an extensive network of rural stores. However our well known advisers provide extensive technical advice direct to farmers.
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With a big turnaround in seasonal conditions across many areas of the eastern states , and heading into the depths of winter, it is an ideal time to do a check on pasture and forage crop health and performance.
Are the autumn and winter feed gaps being filled by the range of forage crops that were planted? Have the right varieties been sown with adequate nutrition and good weed control? With above average temperatures during late autumn and early winter crop development is quite advanced for this stage of the season. Early sown conventional canola aiming to fill early feed gaps is a good example. Some crops are beginning to flower in early June before providing the desired grazing benefits.
Older established pastures need to be assessed for density and production potential. The application of fertiliser, strategic use of herbicides to control grass and broadleaf weeds and changes to grazing management can more than double drymatter production, whilst improving forage quality, animal performance and soil nitrogen reserves.
Winter is also the best time to implement weed management in lucerne pastures, whether they are predominantly used for grazing or intended for silage and hay production in spring. Options to consider include winter cleaning, spray grazing and silage production. Remember that weeds are a major factor in reducing longevity of lucerne stands, and if the hay produced is intended for sale it is much easier to sell a quality product.
Tonic plantain is aptly named as it provides a 'tonic' to grazing animals because of its ability to supply key minerals to grazing stock. Tonic is also an outstanding performer in winter either as a pure stand, in mixed pastures or for rejuvenating run down lucerne stands. The first registration in Australia of Flowable Igran 500 SC now provides additional options for managing weeds in Tonic plantain.
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