Local Pasture Blends
Alkaline Flats Blend
Alkaline Flats vary in pH from 7 – 9. These areas tend to get heavy and waterlogged during the winter months. Soils range in colour from black to dark grey loams. Once established, Phalaris and can Fescue can tolerate long periods of inundation and this makes them the ideal choice for soils of this type. If a soil test of a paddock shows a pH higher than 7.8 you would be advised to take the sub clover out of the mix and replace with extra Medic and Persian clover. ‘Phalaris staggers’ can be more prevalent on alkaline flats, so management of Phalaris based pastures is very important. Advice should be sort, but grazing techniques and cobalt can protect against phalaris staggers.
Redgum / Sandy Loam
A good indication this mix will persist is in areas where Redgum trees are in abundance.
This mix will provide strong growth in a dryland environment over a long period of time. If you are unhappy with clover content, you can broadcast more clovers with super in the following Autumn.
Perennial ryegrasses in our district over the past few years have struggled to persist due to the dry/hot spring and summers we have been experiencing. Some of the new generation perennial ryegrass varieties are showing some persistence, but need to be well managed through the summer months. The key to success is choosing the right variety for your environment, so make sure you discuss with one of our sales staff first!
Sandy Over Clay Flats
Sandy/Clay flats are very productive soils and if managed properly can support high stocking rates. Phalaris and Cocksfoot are both proven performers and will thrive in these conditions. Graze lightly in the first year and remove stock once sub clover commences flowering. Balansa could be added to this mix, but we prefer it be broadcast with fertiliser the following year as it can smother out the slow establishing grasses in the first year.
Irrigated Finishing Blend
This mix is for sheep/beef and dairy producers. The ryegrass varieties selected will thrive in all seasons producing dense, palatable persistent forage. We select ryegrass cultivars that can be grazed safely without the fear ryegrass staggers. The White Clovers, once established, will give winter feed and thrive under summer irrigated conditions. The Red Clover may not persist longer time, but is very palatable and will give extra quality.
Short Rotation 2-3 Irrigation
The ryegrass used in our short rotation blend will last from 2 – 3 years depending on grazing management and summer irrigation scheduling. This mix will provide a high quality, high production pasture perfect for any finishing application. Chicory is a deep rooted herb with excellent finishing attributes.
Dryland / Irrigation Fast
This mix has a proven track record within the local region for reliable summer production. Brassica gives the quality and the Millet adds much needed roughage so stock can be grazed without the stress of nitrate poisoning. Introduce stock gradually over a few days and ensure stock have access to clean fresh water.
This mix is affordable and will not disappoint!!
Sandy Soils are generally acid by nature with limited moisture and fertility. Lucerne based pasture, established with Phalaris and Cocksfoot, will give this soil some serious production potential. Clay spreading has made a huge difference to these soil types by giving them the ability to retain moisture. Lower crowned Lucerne varieties will enable the Lucerne to persist over a long period of time. Broadcast more Sub Clover in future years if unhappy with clover content after Lucerne has established.
Naracoorte Seeds Wintermix has been developed with an emphasis on reliable production and regrowth after hay/silage or constant grazing. Over the last few seasons, our spring rainfall has been unreliable, so mixing different varieties ensures maximum production. We have also added Persian and Balansa clover to ensure quality legume components. Persian Clover is an excellent winter/spring performer with an erect growth habit and will give hay and silage producers excellent regrowth (if moisture permits) due to its late season maturity. Balansa Clover has a vigorous spring flush that will add quality and bulk to the mix. This blend is broadly adapted to many areas and will not disappoint.
For best results….
- Sow at 15-20kg/ha for Dryland and 25-30kg/ha for irrigated situations.
- Ensure adequate seed bed preparation or use suitable drilling methods, (DBS, Renovator, etc).
- Ensure annual weeds are under control, (barley grass, silver grass, etc).
- Apply fertiliser at sowing.
- Monitor for pests during establishment (Red Legged Earth Mite).
- Graze early to encourage tillering, (3 leaf stage) – this will allow clovers to flourish.
- If Hay or Silage are required, fertilise and shut up the paddock approximately 6-8 weeks prior to cutting.