Blog.

Jan 2021

Putting the PERMANENT back into PASTURE

When it comes to pastures, we hear one thing all too often…
THEY DON’T PERSIST.

Yes – we get it.

 

Modern pastures are bred to produce rather than persist, and this catches a lot of us out.

Over the years, we have discovered that through tweaking a bunch of variables, we can get the best of both worlds!

 

Smart Introduces:

PUTTING THE PERMANENT BACK INTO PASTURE

  1. 4 Whys – Why don’t ryegrasses persist?
  2. Is there an alternative – given the option, what could you change?
  3. Investment – given the current life expectancy of pastures, how’s it stack up?
  4. Diversity – Species Selection
  5. Endophyte – Is it still alive?
  6. Seed Treatment– Is it worth it?
  7. The SMART Process – every step matters
  8. Establishment & Weed Control – The crucial steps
  9. Grazing for Persistence – The brutal truths
  10. Fertiliser – yeah nah?
  11. Summary – Final Smart Tips

To give you a quick glimpse of the GOLD we are bringing to you… continue reading.

 

EPISODE 1:

4 Whys – Why doesn’t ryegrass persist????

  • The 4 legged stool
  • Ryegrass breeding motivators
  • What’s changed?

 

EPISODE 2:

Is there an alternative – given the option, what could you change?

  • Are there options?
  • What tools are in the toolbox?
  • Considering the big picture, what matters most?

 

EPISODE 3:

Investment – Does it stack up financially?

  • Pasture replacement versus old pasture
  • Cheap vs Quality
  • Picture proof

 

EPISODE 4:

Diversity – Species Selection

  • Ryegrasses
    • Heading dates
    • Ploidy
    • Why do/don’t we include Annual/Italian/Hybrid?
  • Clovers – red and white
  • Cocksfoot
  • Phalaris
  • Plantain (eco)
  • Chicory
  • Tall Fescue
  • Others

 

EPISODE 5:

Endophyte – Is it still alive?

  • Endophyte – what is it?
  • What clearly works and what doesn’t?
  • Are there any consequences of planting nil endophyte pastures?

 

EPISODE 6:

Coating – Is it worth it?

  • Bulletproof – never heard of it!
  • Hi-flo – how does it even help?
  • Insecticide coating, importance, examples etc
  • Slugout – what granule is best, does it go down the spout or on top?

 

EPISODE 7:

The SMART Process – Every step matters

  • What you require
  • Our sweat and tears!
  • The extra mile

 

EPISODE 8:

Establishment & Weed Control – The crucial steps

  • Establishment – things to look out for
  • Weed control – cost of success vs failure
  • Picture proof

EPISODE 9:

Grazing for Persistence – The Brutal Truths

  • The do’s and don’t (Incl exclusive advice from the top)
  • Pre-graze topping – is it worth the hassle?
  • Long term cost of pasture not persisting
  • Faux pas

 

EPISODE 10:

Fertiliser – Yeah nah?

  • Cost of success vs failure
  • What’s ideal to use, when, and why?
  • The unbiased truth?

 

EPISODE 11:

Summary – Final Smart Tips

  • One final comment!
  • Ever heard of Smart Three65? we have an offer you wont want to miss!

Thanks for your time, all the best, and stay tuned

 

The Smart Team

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