Tuesday, 27 March 2012 15:20

Growing pasture after maize crop

MANY FARMERS have found it difficult to establish high-yielding, persistent pastures in recent years. There are significant advantages to establishing pasture after a maize silage crop. Problem weeds can be sprayed out twice – in the spring before maize establishment and in the autumn prior to regrassing. Growing maize also removes the normal feed source for pasture pests such as black beetle, Argentine stem weevil, pasture nematodes and grass grub. This interrupts their breeding cycle and reduces insect pressure on seedling plants during the pasture renewal process. Cropping prior to pasture renewal also reduces the carryover of older, lower-yielding ryegrasses.

Published in Management
Wednesday, 21 March 2012 10:06

Cattle pave way to better lambs

INTEGRATING CATTLE with pasture renewal is helping Dannevirke farmer Neil Murley boost both sheep and beef returns.

Published in Management
Friday, 10 February 2012 09:30

Pasture software innovation

"Pasture management is where the farming system starts," says Morrinsville dairy farmer Johan van Ras. In the order of things it comes before animal health because if you haven't got this right, your business can't perform.

Published in General News
Wednesday, 16 November 2011 15:56

Pasture meter wins innovation prize

C-DAX HAS won a 2011 Innovators Award for the pasture meter it developed with Massey University.

Published in Machinery & Products
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