Farm Table says:
The take home messages from this GRDC funded research are below. Please access the full paper via the link below for methodology, references, acknowledgements and discussion.
- Dual-purpose (DP) crops can increase farm profit across a range of environments. Learnings from experiences in southern NSW are presented as examples.
- Higher whole-farm profit relies on attention to detail with crop and livestock management. Establishing the right crop early and correct lock-up time are key to increasing profit and reducing risk.
- Lock-up time is the critical decision to maximise profit. The time of lock-up in relation to crop growth stage and residual biomass, influences crop recovery and yield potential.
- Good livestock prices have highlighted the profitable and flexible options for DP crops under different seasonal conditions.
Figure 3. (A) – Shows that for a 4.4t/ha target yield in wheat, around 8.0 to 9.0t/ha was required at anthesis, and treatments with less than this had reduced yield. (B) Shows that residual biomass after grazing of >0.5t/ha in late July was sufficient to reach the critical anthesis biomass for 4.4t/ha yield.