Hills pastures drying off now, but perhaps with more dry feed than we would have expected a couple of months ago. When grazing off paddocks into summer, it’s important to try and maintain 70% groundcover, in order to minimize risk of soil erosion, reduce the incidence of weeds and help bolster the persistence of perennial grasses.
Lucerne and chicory pastures should be rotationally grazed through the summer months, with lucerne persistence enhanced with 5 week rest periods between grazings.
December is a great time to get any required Ag Lime work undertaken. Ag Lime only reacts slowly to correct soil acidity so agronomically Lime can be applied anytime. But spreader trucks and contractors are less busy now, paddocks are totally trafficable and, with limited local Ag Lime supply, we encourage landowners to arrange any required Ag Lime work soon.
Soil Testing – know your paddocks
We also encourage landowners to use our soil testing services to objectively check on the fertility of their paddocks and make better informed decisions about what fertiliser inputs are justified … and where.
FPAG is also working with Precision Agriculture to offer more precise soil mapping services this summer. A key aim of this service is to better target fertilizer inputs to just the less fertile parts of paddocks, allowing us to reduce fertilizer inputs without compromising productivity. If interested in precision mapping for your farm, have a chat with Rob Lyon (8536 2122) or Greg Mitchell (0417 814 037).
Landowners rightly turn their attention to woody weed control in early summer. Bracken infestations can be treated as soon as all of the new season’s fronds have unfurled. Blackberries are best treated as soon as bushes begin flowering. But avoid spraying during really hot weather or when weeds are badly droughted. FPAG can provide the full range of residual and non-residual woody weed control products.
Helicopter spraying is a great option for those hard to access areas, often proving to be more effective & economically beneficial than other methods. Min area of 14Ha (get together with your neighbours). If interested call Alice on 0429985250.
Get the most out of your dry feed & don’t get caught out by dropping nutritional levels – this goes for all livestock types.
We have specific Dry Feed loose lick minerals & blocks in stock, also mineral boosters for feedlotting/confinement feeding.
Start monitoring your worm burdens, especially in young stock. A dry summer is the perfect time to get the biggest bang for your buck in an effective worm control program. Be very aware of Barbers Pole worm becoming active with the current climate on the Fleurieu.
Manure samples can be brought into any store for testing, please contact your local store for details.