Pasture Management Considerations for Autumn 2016

 

Fertiliser & Soil Mgt

  • Phosphorus
  • Potassium
  • Sulphur
  • Soil Test Results
  • Plant Testing
  • Trace Elements
  • Soil pH

N management

  • Rate
  • Source
  • Timing
  • Response
  • Do I need N?

Seed set vs new seed

  • Viability
  • Density
  • Dip vs Tet
  • Establishment
  • Paddock Preparation

Early feed bulk

  • Oats
  • Regrowth potential
  • Sowing Rate
  • Brassica’s
  • Fertiliser strategy
  • Stage of grazing

Pest management

  • Threshold
  • Conditions
  • Soil Type
  • History
  • Bare Earth Control
  • Knockdowns
  • Earth mites
  • Cutworm
  • Black Beetle
  • Lucerne Flea

Weed management

  • BLW or Grass weed
  • Density
  • Size vs Age
  • Annual vs Perennial
  • Grazing strategy
  • Delayed sowing
  • Knockdown Herbicide
  • Cultivation

Rotation Strategies

  • Leaf Stage
  • Grazing Intensity
  • Stock Class
  • Deferred grazing
  • Residuals
  • Know your FOO

Tips for successful pasture establishment

  • Prepare paddocks well: Control weeds, remove trash, provide a good seed bed
  • Address nutrient limitations and soil constraints.
  • Fertiliser drilled in furrow is more efficient that topdressed fertiliser
  • When sowing seed, ensure good seed to soil contact, drill seed where possible
  • Consider bare earth insecticides such as bifenthrin
  • Monitor, monitor, monitor…Pests at and soon after sowing, weeds from 2-3 weeks after sowing
  • Don’t graze too soon
  • Prevention is better than cure!!