With quality hay selling for $300 a tonne ex supplier’s farm and shortages of quality hay continuing, there’s never been a higher premium on forage coming into winter.
To that end if you’ve had some rain and have reasonable ground cover with pastures or forage crops, it makes great sense to maximise production with a foliar feed prior to winter setting in. Winter brings colder soils and fewer daylight hours with reduced growing conditions.
Any feed you can grow in autumn and winter will replace the need for supplementary feeding. This year with fodder so expensive, if you can feed your forage and help it to grow, that’s going to be the better option.
Trial plots with Balance & Grow with GA and N yielded an extra 22kg DM growth per day over the treatment period (average of 32 days over the June/July months).
Committed to growing organic?
Alongside a surging interest in organic pastures systems, there’s a perception that organic systems struggle to provide enough pasture growth through the winter months. The alternative of supplementary feeding is even more prohibitive, with organically certified grain or hay at a premium.
The good news for organic pasture is that trials in NSW, VIC and TAS in 2016 tested nutrient strategies in organically certified combinations, with positive results.
A combination of Balance & Grow (Organic), gibberellic acid (GA), and HydraFish (as an organic source of nitrogen, replacing UAN) provided not only the most dry matter production over the control, but also a greater level of protein, digestible carbohydrates and metabolisable energy.
Tip: Apply in a tank mix of 2 L/ha of BioAg Balance & Grow with 20 L/ha of HydraFish.
This trial achieved excellent dry matter results for both the conventional and organic applications.
Average dry matter yield (kg/ha) in the conventional trial
More about HydraFish
HydraFish is an excellent and natural source of vital nutrients including nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium, calcium, and trace elements.
A soil or foliar applied organic nutrient source, it can replace products like UAN as a source of nitrogen suitable for use in organic farming systems
Fat & Oil 3.0% (approx)
Salt (NaCl) <36%