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Ideally incorporated as part of a pasture renovation program, a summer crop can provide a valuable source of high quality feed over the summer months. This provides an additional opportunity to control weeds, improve soil fertility and prepare a seedbed prior to sowing permanent pasture.

Summer crop options include:

  • Brassicas; forage rape and leafy turnips produce large volumes of quality feed and recover quickly from grazing. There are a number of varieties available to match feed requirements, soil fertility and moisture availability.
  • Chicory is a perennial forage herb characterised by high nutritional quality. It has the potential to yield 10 t DM/ha over multiple grazing’s.
  • Millet a fast growing summer grass that produces high volumes of feed over multiple grazing’s. It is suitable for hay or silage production.
  • Sorghum produces a massive volume of feed that is also suitable for hay or silage.
  • Turnips can yield up to 11 t DM/ha as a single graze crop, they are a highly cost-effective feed option.
  • Lucerne is a perennial forage legume with high protein content that can be grazed or cut for fodder.
  • Maize; Graham’s Seeds agronomists can put together a detailed management program to get the most out of this specialist crop.

Graham’s Seeds summer crop blends:

SUMMER FODDER

Contains millet, rape and pasja. This blend provides an ideal balance of energy, protein and fibre suitable for a lactating dairy herd or finishing beef and lambs.

CHICORY & RED

Contains perennial chicory and high performing red clovers.  This blend is unmatched for feed quality, with low insect pressure and improved animal performance.