Pasture & Fertiliser
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Unless you've deliberately set out to study them, grasses are just grass to most of us.
Australian Sedge is a nasty species I tried to ignore for many years, hoping it was a native which wouldn't need eradication.
The 'soil fertility bank'
It’s an easy concept to think of the soil as a bank. If you remove nutrients then you need to replace them to keep a state of ‘nutrient balance’ in the bank.
Fertiliser - a big spend on the farm
In this first on an in-depth series on understanding fertilser.
Endophytes - what are they and what can you do about them?
Learn what endophytes are, why they are important, and what you can do about them.
Nitrogen acts as a growth promoter in plants. It’s the easiest and usually the cheapest way to grow more feed.
Look after your clover
Clover is in the legume family along with plants like lucerne, Lotus species, lupins, and gorse.
Pasture management - the 3-leaf principle
Ryegrass plants are a collection of ‘tillers’ or new shoots that grow from the ‘growth point’ in their base.
Managing pasture properly
Most farmers think they know how to manage pastures by moving stock around the paddocks, but there’s more to it than that.
Managing pastures properly #2 - Some Pasture Basics
Pasture is a living community - intertwining plants of grass, clovers, herbs, weeds and bare ground.
Pasture Feed Problems
The farm is constantly covered in tall grass, and weeds, especially docks and thistles, are always rampant.
More Pasture Problems
What to do with a feed surplus: Make hay, silage, or “baleage” with pasture during the spring flush.
Managing pasture properly #6 - More pasture pointers
Keep pastures at the green leafy stage as long as possible - this is when plants provide the highest quality feed.
Pasture renovation - preparation
This is the second in a series of four articles on pasture renovation by Dr. Deric Charlton.
Pasture renovation - sowing
This is the third in a series of four articles on pasture renovation by Dr. Deric Charlton.