How to…

In this section you can find step-by-step information on how to carry out timely tasks associated with grassland management.

Monday, 17 July 2017

DO IT NOW: Assess off-takes for fertiliser plan

A tonne (FW) of 30 per cent dry matter (DM) silage contains 2.1kg of phosphate and 7.2kg of potash.  This can be used to calculate off-takes and what nutrients need to be returned to land that has been cut for silage.  It also shows the importance of potash in silage systems, so grass yields can…

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

GRASS: How it grows

Research has shown that the UK is capable of growing more than 20 tonnes (t) of grass dry matter (DM) per ha, yet the current average in the UK is 7.9 t DM/ha. An increased focus on growing grass and emphasis on utilising home-grown grass and forage crops will enhance business resilience against volatile market…

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

RGCL: A tool for reseeding

Recommended grass and clover lists (RGCL) are drawn up after rigorous trials and testing which focus on attributes such as yield, persistency, quality and disease resistance. Data obtained from these independent trials is then evaluated and assessed by a panel of experts who will accept or decline a variety depending on its overall ability to…

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

HOW TO: Increase your forage knowledge

Nutrient management reviewed The new Nutrient Management Guide (RB209) is the essential reference for anyone planning the use of nutrients and fertilisers in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. The update is the result of a £98,000 project overseen by the AHDB-led UK Partnership for Crop Nutrient Management and delivered by an ADAS-led consortium of experts…

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

HOW TO: Plan nitrogen requirements

Nitrogen (N) is the most important nutrient for grassland because it has such a strong effect on yield. Very generally, 1kg of N will grow between 10 – 15kg of grass DM. So 50kg N will grow an extra 600kg of DM at a 1kg:12kg response ratio. There are several sources of N: The breakdown…