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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.
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Early summer has been hot and dry across most regions which is impacting on summer feed supplies. A lack of rain and irrigation water over the last eight weeks has reduced the amount of summer grain crops sown. Crops, especially dryland crops like sorghum are down which will impact on livestock feed supplies as we move through summer. In many instances spring sown brassica crops are struggling with the dry conditions and insect pressure. Pasture and stock water supplies are dwindling across many regions, whilst others have not had any respite from ongoing drought conditions.
Pasture species like continental tall fescue, the grazing bromes and prairie grasses are species that can handle higher summer temperatures unlike ryegrasses that can cease growth around 30 degrees. They can respond rapidly to rainfall or irrigation and provide quality feed. Hay is also an option when demand is going to be high within the dairy and feedlot industries.
Planning should begin to focus on early autumn forage and crop options. Early sowing and higher seeding rates are critical to the success of autumn forage and crops, not only to produce quicker feed but also to compete with any weed issues. A dry spring and then substantial early harvest rain has impacted on both seed harvest and seed quality of many crop and pasture species. Germination, seed vigour and freedom from seed borne disease and weeds are important considerations. It is important to remember that high quality seed is one of the basic building blocks for both crop and pasture management, and it usually does not cost as much in the long run as bargain seed.
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