In November 2017 we decided to sow our first ever crop of sorghum, BMR Fuel, as part of a mix of cowpea and vetch. In perfect conditions with heat and rain we had massive growth and were able to yield 198 round bales off 12 ha. This proved to be a valuable fodder resource for us as the season has since turned against us. Ultimately as we review what we did, we would sow another crop should the season support such a decision.
08 January 2019
The cows just loved it. Fuel has thinner and softer stalks so the cows ate it right down. They milked well and I was very happy with the milk yields. I will be planting double the area next year and I'll be putting some into silage too to see how it goes.
20 December 2018
Getting ready for 2019
Mach 1 annual ryegrass, Kickstart treated Knight, and SowEasy treated red and white clover has landed at our Armidale depot ready for sowing to start.
Name: Aaron Kemp
19 December 2018
Winfred and Millet is so good even the ducks eat it.
Name: Robert Conron
17 December 2018
New season seed landing in Armidale
Freshly treated Sow Easy red and white clover as well as KickStart Knight Italian ryegrass and some Mach 1 annual ryegrass. Fresh off the truck in Armidale ready to roll for early sowings in 2019.
Name: Aaron Kemp
14 December 2018
6 traits to consider when selecting a new cereal variety
Cereal growers have access to more new varieties than ever before with extensive breeding programs and significant investment from breeding companies. Choosing the right variety for your cropping enterprise can be a challenge. When making the selection of a new cereal variety to grow on your farm it is important to have all the information and excellent resources for this are available including our Autumn Crop Guide, which will be, which will be released early in 2019, as well as the 2018 NSW DPI Winter Crop Variety Sowing Guide. The following attributes are the key drivers to selecting the right cereal for you.
With autumn fast approaching this year, more than most, the focus will be on maximising pasture production early after a summer of expensive hay and fodder rations.Focusing on a few key agronomic principles can greatly impact on farm profitability by decreasing both the quantity of bought in feed but more importantly the quality of feed available for grazing. Control of grass weeds in pastures (winter grass, barley grass, and silver grass) is an ongoing problem. Decreasing losses from grass weed infestations requires planning to reduce the potential to contaminate autumn pasture renovations.
It is great for weaning lambs onto. I have sent a lot of lambs over the hooks off this paddock.
21 November 2018
The maturity difference between Condo (LHS) and Coolah (RHS) wheats was evident in these irrigated plots near Gooloogong, NSW. Condo is a quick maturing AH variety and Coolah an APH Gregory type adapted to a range of environments across NSW.
Name: Sarah - AusWest Seeds
19 November 2018
7 tips for autumn sowing
Proper planning and preparation is essential to grow as much home grown forage as possible, and now is the time to start thinking about growing feed for next season. With many regions of Australia experiencing dry conditions and feed becoming scarce, pasture renewal is an important factor to consider before sowing time in autumn to ensure quality feed on your farm. For successful pasture and crop establishment, preparation of paddocks is required well in advance of the time you need to sow. Here are our seven tips to get you on the front foot for autumn sowing right now.