Planning ahead is essential for a successful pasture renewal programme and involves a number of steps. Effective pasture renewal is the result of good planning, utilising best practice techniques and minimising the risk of failure. Achieving the correct combination of endophyte, ploidy and flowering date helps with pasture persistence.
Whether you are coming out of a cropping programme or going straight from pasture back into pasture, it’s imperative to get the spray-out right. Attention to detail now will save time and money later.
The objective of the spray-out is to control all existing weeds, especially the difficult ones, so that they don’t become a problem in the new pasture. The cornerstone to the spray-out programme is glyphosate, but glyphosate alone won’t always control all weeds present. This may necessitate the addition of other products to the traditional glyphosate base.
For pasture renewal, soil test the specific paddocks. Don’t rely on total farm soil tests as paddock variation can be quite significant. Lime early for maximum benefits. Determine the base, starter and side-dressing fertiliser programme through the pasture renewal process.
Prepare a flat, fine, firm, weed free seedbed. 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.
Quality, treated seed pays for itself. Superstrike® seed treatment provides broad-spectrum control of key insects and diseases during plant establishment. Most small seeds should be sown between 10-15 mm depth. Always use slugbait at sowing in direct-drill situations.