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.