INVESTIGATION: BCG has been investigating how livestock can be integrated without compromising the cropping program.With an increasing number of Wimmera and Mallee farmers running sheep as a means of mitigating business risk, BCG has been investigating how livestock can be integrated without compromising the cropping program.
Research carried out by BCGthrough the GRDC-funded Grain and Graze initiative has shown that, if managed appropriately, cereal crops can be grazed without penalising yield.
BCG research achieved this using long season wheat varieties, sown early on adequate soil moisture, and grazed before the crop has reached stem elongation (BCG 2015 Season Research results, pp. 151).
Apart from the economic benefits that comes from using crops for sheep feed, as well as grain production, the practice provides logistical benefits for farmers with a nutritious feed source available at a time of year when, typically, feeding-out may be required.
BCGidentify if plant growth will compensate for a low plant establishment on a wide spacing.The trial was sown last week with barley planted on 9”, 12” and 15” row spacings.
At the end of the year the yield, biomass production and grain quality of grazed plots will be compared with that of their ungrazed counterparts and it will be determined if row spacing had an influence.
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