Pasture Establishment

Department of Primary Industry and Resources - A. G. Cameron, Principal Pastures and Extension Agronomist, Darwin

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Knowledge level: Introductory

Farm Table says:

Insightful article from the Northern Territory on how to make the most out of your planned pasture improvement. I was suprised to learn that pasture improvement should be planned up to 2 years in advance.

This article talks about pasture establishment in the Northern Territory, where they experience an annual wet season and how producers can plan ahead to get the best results.

Items covered in this article were:

  • Establishing pasture
  • Factors of influence
  • Things to avoid

Key points were as follows:

  • Pasture establishment consumes a lot of time, effort and money so ensuring it’s well-planned ahead of time is an important aspect.
  • Factors that can influence pasture growth and that can be controlled are:
  1. Cultivar selection
  2. Type of planting material
  3. Sowing rate
  4. Time of planting (seasonally and annually)
  5.  Method of sowing
  6. Weed management
  7. Type of fertiliser
  8. Grazing management
  • One of the most important factors that is out of our control is rainfall.
  • Its important to learn from those that have made mistakes in the past, here’s a list of things not to do when trying to establish pasture in the Northern Territory:
  1. Don’t cut down the sowing rate to save money
  2. Don’t try and sow a larger area than planned with the same inputs
  3. Use fertiliser – don’t think you’ll be fine without it
  4. Don’t think pasture will establish without soil disturbance
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