Most species used in establishing pastures are small seeded therefore they are sown at a shallow depth of between 10 to 20mm’s. A seed drill is recommended to get good seed placement as well as the incorporation of a pre-plant fertiliser. This will provide good seed and soil contact and allow for a much more uniform germination. If the soil type is light to medium, there is a recommendation that it be rolled. This also aids in good seed to soil contact and can allow for a barrier spray for insects to be applied for additional protection.
5. Insects & Weed Control
Insects such as red legged earth mite (RLEM) and slugs are some of the most common issues when establishing a new pasture. Insects should be monitored closely and at the first signs of activity it is recommended that you spray insecticides. Seed treatments are recommended as they provide protection for the first four to six weeks after sowing. We offer Soweasy Kickstart™ as a seed treatment option, a combination of inoculant using the correct nitrogen fixing bacteria for legumes and Poncho® Plus insecticide. Weed control in any new pasture will ensure its success through reduced competition. If you find that you have weeds invading your new pasture it is a good idea to obtain agronomic advice to take care of the weeds as soon as possible.
It is important not to skip any of these steps in a well-planned pasture improvement. Success comes from good planning in all facets of your pasture.