TMMF Ltd
Farminguk
30 August 2016 | Online since 2003
Auto Trader Ltd


25 March 2014 02:30:35 |Grassland,News

Reseed grass fields now but follow the ‘Ten Commandments’


Lewis Owen says follow the Ten Commandments for a perfect reseed

Lewis Owen says follow the Ten Commandments for a perfect reseed

Many grass fields will benefit from renovation or completely reseeding this spring, or performance may suffer later on according to Lewis Owen, regional manager for Oliver Seeds based in Aberystwyth.
“The extremes in weather over the past few years have taken their toll on grass,” says Mr. Owen. “Here in West Wales we’ve had two and half feet of rain since December, leading to waterlogging and grass plants rotting in the ground. Rejuvenating pastures in the next couple of months will ensure farmers have adequate supplies of grass for silage and grazing.”
Mr Owen recommends farmers get down on their knees to identify what grasses are still growing there. If there is more annual meadowgrass and other wild grasses than sown species like perennial ryegrass – it is time for action.
“Fields full of weed grasses may look green and seem to be growing well in the early spring, but they won’t yield well, possibly as low as 5t DM/ha compared to 12-16t DM/ha for a new ley, and their feed value is poor. They also don’t use nitrogen fertiliser very well, so applying it to weedy grass is a waste of time and money.”
Right grass for the job in hand
Reseeding creates an opportunity to introduce grass varieties and mixtures tailored to the specific needs of the livestock and site location.
“In my opinion there isn’t any one mixture that will do everything well,” says Mr. Owen.
“Some are suitable for growing and cutting for silage like Oliver Seed’s Tornado – based on fast-growing westerwolds and Italian ryegrasses, and some that provide superb summer-long grazing, like Century containing a range of late heading perennial ryegraseses.

“When buying grass, really quiz the seedsman about the different mixtures – what’s in them, why do they go well together, what growing conditions do they like?”
Grass is a crucial crop on livestock farms and has the potential to cut feed costs significantly, but reseeding, whether via ploughing or overseeding an existing ley, requires careful management.
“As with any crop, you can’t chuck grass seed down and hope for the best,” says Mr. Owen. “The field needs to be prepared properly to produce a fine, firm, fertile seedbed, and the seed delivered at the right rate to the right depth.
“We have drawn up a set of ‘Ten Commandments’ which is printed on every bag of seed, to help farmers achieve a good establishment.
“Essentially success requires forward planning, attention to detail and timely operations. Seeking specialist advice on the right mixture to use is also a good idea.”

Download

0 Comment

loginuserlogo
Name

Please enter your name


Email

Please enter your email

Please enter valid email


Comment

Please enter your comment


Post Comment

Your comment has been submitted successfully. Please wait for admin approval.


Comments

No comments posted yet. Be the first to post a comment


Thailand | 30 August 2016
"Overworked" Agriculture minister wants a deputy

Thailand's Agriculture Minister Chatchai Sarikulya has confirmed he wants a deputy minister appointed to share the "growing workload" at the Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives. Gen Chatchai s...


USA | 30 August 2016
Washington state begins killing wolf pack for preying on livestock

Wildlife agents authorized to eradicate a group of 11 wolves for repeated attacks on cattle in Washington state have hunted down and killed six animals from the condemned pack and are searching for th...


Ireland | 30 August 2016
Farm bodies clash on EU dairy package

The IFA and ICMSA have clashed on how a new €22m support package for the dairy sector should be spent. While IFA has suggested that the aid package be used to guarantee low interest farmer loans, I...


Australia | 30 August 2016
Beef soon to become a 'luxury item' as prices skyrocket

For many Aussies, splurging on a ribeye may be a thing of the past, as a global beef shortage has sent shockwaves through meat markets, sending menu prices soaring and diners out the door. Since th...


USA | 30 August 2016
In drought, drones help California farmers save every drop

A drone whirred to life in a cloud of dust, then shot hundreds of feet skyward for a bird's-eye view of a vast tomato field in California's Central Valley, the nation's most productive farming region....



Trending Now

Viewed
Discussed


Top stories you may have missed
FarmingUK
FarmingUK Logo

FarmingUK

A new survey has revealed that the vast majority of British consumers belie...


FarmingUK
FarmingUK Logo

FarmingUK

The British public are overwhelmingly in favour of keeping or strengthening...


FarmingUK
FarmingUK Logo

FarmingUK

The sustained recovery of pig prices since the spring has come at a time wh...


FarmingUK
FarmingUK Logo

FarmingUK

A World Trade Organisation (WTO) panel has declared the Russian import ban ...


FarmingUK
FarmingUK Logo

FarmingUK

A new study has linked oilseed rape crops grown from neonicotinoid-treated ...


FarmingUK
FarmingUK Logo

FarmingUK

Philip Hammond is to guarantee billions of pounds of UK government investme...


FarmingUK
FarmingUK Logo

FarmingUK

Access to the foreign labour market is 'critical', according the chief exec...


FarmingUK
FarmingUK Logo

FarmingUK

The Tenant Farmers Association has said the National Trust's vision for a p...


FarmingUK
FarmingUK Logo

FarmingUK

Ulster farmers will 'not lie down and wave the white flag' when Brexit nego...


FarmingUK
FarmingUK Logo

FarmingUK

The cost of rural crime to the UK economy costs £42.5 million a year, accor...


closeicon
Username
Password