It may only be autumn, but it’s definitely not too early to ensure you are in a position to make the most of autumn and winter rains and spring growth.
Whether you’re in northern parts of NSW where your rainfall is more summer dominant, or further south where rain falls mostly in winter your paddocks will likely require nutrient inputs to in order to optimise production capacity.
Start with a soil test
If your latest soil test was more than 2 years ago, it’s best to get your soil tested again. No matter when you decide to fertilise, you’ll have up-to-date data to guide your decisions.
Pre-empt the cooldown by planning for pasture growth
The days are already getting noticeably shorter, and as we start to cool down, production will slow. No matter your plans, you probably want as much growth as possible before it gets cold.
If you have planned a lamb or calf drop in the coming months, you’ll want as much feed as possible available for lactating ewes or cows.
You’ll also want good levels of quality feed available if you’re planning to put weight on livestock.
Actions in autumn
Dig out your soil test results, or arrange an up to date test if your results are more than 2 years old.
Apply the right nutrients now to maximise pasture growth from breaking and winter rainfall. Ensure nutrients are available as you experience spring warming
Choose a fertiliser like BioAgPhos or a BioAg blend such as BioAg Superb or S10 BioAgPhos that will provide nutrients in a form that will not be lost through leaching or lockup in the lead up to winter rains and spring growth.
There has been much discussion about what farmers do after an extended period of hot dry weather.
For many, the main issue is bare soil. This lack of ground cover has several implications under the ground as well as on it. It’s common knowledge that lack of ground cover leads to erosion and reduces the ability of a soil and plants to capture and store rainfall.
Less well known is that loss of ground cover after extended drought or fire also reduces the soil’s biomass, and active soil biology. A reduction of biomass reduces the ability of the soil to provide nutrients to plants and maintain the beneficial microbes that make nutrients available, for example the microbes that solubulise phosphorus.
A BioAg program incorporates solutions that feed soil biology and improve soil health. We can develop a program for you that will help you minimise the impact of fire and drought, with a tailored program of nutrients, biostimulants and microbial food based on soil test results, your farming goals and your budget.
Our programs can be incorporated as part of a conventional fertiliser approach, or to meet the requirements of farmers interested in sustainable or regenerative farming or modified to comply with the requirements of organic certified growers.
Talk to a BioAg agronomist today about how the BioAg approach can help you get back on track after extended drought or fire.