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Running the Farm : Pasture & Fertiliser

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You cannot consider fertilisers without knowledge of the soil. 

Tips on managing new pasture.

This is the third in a series of four articles on pasture renovation by Dr Deric Charlton.

This is the second in a series of four articles on pasture renovation by Dr Deric Charlton.

The what, why, how and when of pasture renovation.

You’ve probably heard about endophyte in pasture grasses. 

In this first on an in-depth series on understanding fertilser.

Keep pastures at the green leafy stage as long as possible - this is when plants provide the highest quality feed.

What to do with a feed surplus: Make hay, silage or “baleage” with pasture during the spring flush.

The main tool for pasture managemet is the grazing animal.

The farm is constantly covered in tall grass, and weeds, especially docks and thistles, are always rampant.

Unless you've deliberately set out to study them, grasses are just grass to most of us.

Pasture is a living community - intertwining plants of grass, clovers, herbs, weeds and bare ground.

Most farmers think they know how to manage pastures by moving stock around the paddocks, but there’s more to it than that.

Australian Sedge is a nasty species I tried to ignore for many years, hoping it was a native which wouldn't need eradication.

Ryegrass plants are a collection of ‘tillers’ or new shoots that grow from the ‘growth point’ in their base.

Clover is in the legume family along with plants like lucerne, Lotus species, lupins and gorse.

Nitrogen acts as a growth promoter in plants.  It’s the easiest and usually the cheapest way to grow more feed.

Learn what endophytes are, why they are important and what you can do about them.

There's nothing that fuels arguments between the 'experts' than Organic Matter.


It’s an easy concept to think of the soil as a bank.  If you remove nutrients then you need to replace them to keep a state of ‘nutrient balance’ in the bank.

There are at least 19 chemical elements required for plant growth.

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