How to…

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

Monday, 15 June 2015

Manage grass that has gone to seed

This spring grass has been a challenge due to variable temperatures and rainfall.  And many areas of the country struggled for grass availability into late May. As the default heading date approached (driven by daylength), there was more of a tendency for grass to go to seed than stay vegetative, especially if the grazing pressure…

Monday, 15 June 2015

DO IT NOW – Decide whether additional sulphur is needed

Forty years ago, sulphur (S) supply to grassland was more than adequate. However, today most grassland receives less than 20kg SO3 per hectare annually from the air. First cut silage benefits from S in the air and from mineralised soil organic matter. Later cuts from the same area are likely to be sulphur deficient and…

Monday, 18 May 2015

Silage Additives – what they can and cannot do

by Dave Davies First and foremost silage additives will not make a poor silage good, but they can make a good silage excellent. Even the most amazing silage additive will not cover up poor management practices. There is a large array of different additives on the market but the basics producers need to know are…

Monday, 18 May 2015

Measure grass

It may seem like an obvious thing to do but it‘s really important. EBLEX has produced two sward sticks and some really useful tools for producers so they can use the information gathered. What is the difference between the two sticks? The standard sward stick uses sward heights developed decades ago that provide a balance…

Monday, 20 April 2015

Increase white clover levels

White clover is a perennial legume and is a useful addition to grazing or silage swards. It is well known that the bacteria in the root nodules of white clover fix up to 150 kg/ha of nitrogen. Intake increases by 20-30 per cent which leads to higher liveweight gains. Protein and mineral contents are higher…