Different pasture species require different soil types. Lucerne and chicory prefer free draining soils where as tall fescue can handle heavier soils. A soil test is recommended as pH level and nutrients are a large factor in the success of your pasture. It is important to select acid tolerant species for acidic soils with high aluminium levels.
The main insect pest at sowing is the red legged earth mite (RLEM) and more recently slugs. It is recommended to spray insecticide as soon as you see insect activity affecting pasture establishment. Kickstart™ treated seed is recommended as it provides plant protection up to the first 4-6 weeks after sowing.
Annual grass weeds such as barley grass and silver grass can be successfully controlled in established perennial pastures ( perennial ryegrass, phalaris, tall fescue, cocksfoot and Ecotain® environmental plantain). Refer to product labels for rates, talk to an AusWest or Stephen Pasture Seeds agronomist. Monitor your new pasture for weeds, and use appropriate herbicide management to control weeds. Remember that the number of trifoliate clover leaves is important in the timing of spraying broadleaf weeds.