A Smart Fodder Beet Crop will offer a unique and very flexible cropping option for meeting a range of feed solutions. Unlike a lot of more traditional brassica crops with a fixed maturity date, a Smart Fodder Beet Crop will offer continuing growth through the Summer and Autumn until utilised. This allows you to decide […]Read More
- A Smart Fodder Beet Crop
- Are brassica crops financially viable?
- Ryegrass Heading Dates
- Sowing your Chicory Crop
- How difficult is Lucerne to look after?
- How much does Chicory grow?
- Is consolidation of seed bed important?
- Is it financially viable to plant an annual crop of straight chicory for 6 months from October to March?
- Grazing Lucerne – rotational or set stock?
- Are brassicas difficult to grow?
- Why should I plant Lucerne?
- What sort of lamb growth rates can we expect to get off chicory?
- What sort of production can I expect from each Brassica crop and what is the cost per Kg of Dry Matter?
- Which pasture species establish the easiest?
- Why renew pasture?
This is an extremely broad question. The basic answer is, yes. The simple reason is that when renewing pasture, it is not wise to go from grass to grass, and brassicas provide a very good break crop. Brassicas are also used to ‘break in’ a rough paddock before resowing permanent pasture. What sort of value can […]Read More
Perennial Ryegrass Cultivar Heading Days (relative to Nui = 0) Kingston -3 Extreme 0 Kamo 0 Nui 0 Request 0 Commando 1 Pacific 1 Perma 2 Samson 3 Hillary 4 Jeta 7 Arrow 7 Ohau 8 Stellar 8 Delish 11 Prospect 12 Perun 12 Alto 14 AberDart 15 AberMagic 15 Trojan 16 Maverick ll […]Read More
Desiccation Desiccate 14 days before working up the paddocks or 2-4 days before drilling. Water rate 150L / ha Glyphosate 510 3L / ha Smart Gun-Up 3L / ha Organo Silicone 100ml / 100L of water Chlorpyrifos 200ml / ha Fertiliser General fertiliser requirements prior to planting. (Please note: a fertiliser recommendation based on a […]Read More
Relatively easy. The biggest challenge is selecting the right paddock and crop establishment which involves some forethought but after that it is relatively care free. It is important to keep the fertiliser inputs up to it a post winter herbicide spray and you will normally continue to have good clean crops for anything up to […]Read More
Anywhere between 10 – 18 tonnes / ha in the first season. The differences will come down to planting time and seasonal weather variation. Chicory has a deep taproot which can access moisture down to 1 metre deep on a mature plant. However no rain will also negatively affect the crop. Even chicory can lower […]Read More
Yes very important. Smart can give you an actual situation from the 2009 season. A Swede paddock planted into a pumice soil type was rolled once sown and harrowed. The farmer then drove through the paddock on his quad a couple of times to view the establishment. When we came to measure the crop the […]Read More
Yes Smart has worked out numbers on our analysis programme showing at least a $1500.00 / Ha margin – all expenses counted.Read More
Rotational grazing is a must if you require longevity from the crop. Smart has heard of set stocking Lucerne with success but it does reduce the life of the sward. Cultivar selection can also make a difference some cultivars featuring lower growing point and softer stems.Read More
No not at all. Perhaps the biggest failing we often observe is that the crop is seen as a cheap break crop between pastures in a renewal programme. For this reason the final touches of weed and insect control are not looked after like they should be and we may only grow 50% of the […]Read More
Lucerne is a high quality summer active legume – capable of really altering the feed budget. In reality Lucerne is an important crop for those summer dry areas where you require a higher guarantee of top quality feed when nothing much else is growing. It also provides versatility in that should you have a feed […]Read More
Reports of up to 500gm liveweight per day on bigger lambs have come to our notice. Technically the smaller the lamb the less ability for it to finish so fast but if you were working a feed budget we would normally allow 350gm of liveweight gain per day.Read More
In working out the cost per Kg of DM we will include the following costs on all crops: Contractor to spray out contractor to work and sow ground seed costs chemical costs fertiliser costs including spreading and insecticide spray and a weed spray. We would normally budget this to be $1000.00 / Ha in round […]Read More
To gain some comparisons on the ease to establish different pasture species we refer to Pasture and Crop Science by White and Hodgson – Ease of Establishment of pasture species: Species Ease of Establishment Perennial Ryegrass 5 Cocksfoot 4 Tall Fescue 2 Prairie Grass 3 White Clover 3-4 Lucerne 3 Lotus 2 Chicory 4-5 *5 […]Read More
We know from experience that new pasture can grow more quantity and give better quality than old pasture. The reason for this will most often be associated with an increase of other species in the older pasture. This can be a collection of weeds such as summer grasses browntop and paspalam winter grasses such as […]Read More