Determine a clear plan for your cropping and grazing programme and be sure to discuss your requirements with your local Technical Field Representative and contractor to ensure paddock operations are carried out and crop supplies are available in time.
All cropping blocks should be individually soil tested as forage crops have high nutrient demand. Soil test and lime early for maximum benefits. Determine the base, starter and side-dressing fertiliser programme. Brassicas particularly require high levels of nitrogen and potassium to yield well.
In principle, this applies for both no-till and cultivated scenarios. Aim for rapid and even seedling emergence to optimise establishment and achieve rapid canopy closure for improved weed control.
Brassicas are often planted into paddocks that are low in nutrients, when the pasture has run out. Because of this it is very important to remedy any nutrient issues if you want to achieve your brassica yield goals.