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Dual purpose crops offer a win-win for growers.. Well-managed dual purpose crops have the potential to deliver significant returns for mixed farming operations in southern New South Wales... Not only do they offer a quality feed source for stock when pasture supply tends to be limited in autumn and winter, but they can often be sown earlier than conventional grain-only crops and provide a disease break and additional options for weed control...
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KEYMESSAGES Grazing of both cereal and canola crops in winter did not significantly reduce grain yield and quality in five out of seven on-farm trials in 2011 Grazing of both cereal and canola crops in winter provided between 157 and 509 DSE grazing days per hectare of grazing value.. The aim of the on-farm trials, funded by the Grain & Graze 2 project, was to determine the impacts grazing of crops in winter had on subsequent grain yield and quality, production factors such as weeds, disease and nutrition, and livestock carrying capacity... Weed and disease pressure was measured for both grazed and ungrazed areas of each crop (data not presented ), but differences were minor...
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Background Since the development of long-season and winter wheats for Australia, well-managed dual-purpose cereal crops have provided opportunities to increase the profitability and flexibility on mixed farms, by increasing winter stocking rates and providing income from forage and grain... Recently we have focussed on investigating and quantifying the benefits of integrating these at the whole-farm scale, including productivity of crop and pasture phases, profitability, managerial flexibility and risk management... We recorded the extra grazing days obtained from crop grazing (compared with continuously grazed pasture) and then the extra pasture production was evaluated for each of the crop-grazing treatments in terms of extra grazing days achieved compared with a continuously grazed pasture (Table 1)...
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Their strategy is to fill an autumn stockfeed gap as soon as crops get away after the season break, deferring grazing on pastures for feedbase and stocking rate management, without compromising grain yields at harvest... "Grazing a proportion of our crops allows us to lock up pasture paddocks to provide high-quality and quantity feed for weaners later in spring," Andrew Kenny said... "Sowing date is the key to using crops to fill the autumn feed gap as soon as possible and if there is a late break, the grazing window can be vastly diminished," Mr Kenny said...
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Good opportunity for crop grazing, says consultant.. Research has shown that grain crops that are grazed by sheep should be grazed hard and only for a short period of time... Mr Curtin said his main message to growers was not to put sheep on crops too late, not to leave them there too long, and to only graze long-season varieties...
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Bencubbin grain grower Nick Gillett is using crop grazing as a frost risk-mitigation tool by delaying wheat flowering windows... Running more sheep and using crop grazing in early winter have become key tactics to manage frost risk on the Bencubbin property of Nick and Tryphena Gillett... "But knowing we can graze our cereals without suffering a yield penalty means we can use early-sowing opportunities to get a crop in the ground and established if we get really early rain - and then slow its development down by about one week for every two weeks grazed with the sheep," he says...
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Grain yield was unaffected by grazing at four of eleven sites... There is growing interest in the practice of grazing crops in winter... Weed and disease pressure was measured for both grazed and ungrazed areas of each crop (data not presented ), but differences were minor...
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Catalogue: GRDC Research Summaries
The WA component of Grain & Graze 2 will target locally relevant issues with the longer-term goal of a significant demonstrable increase in water use efficiency (WUE) in mixed crop/livestock systems that improves whole-farm profitability, whole-farm sustainability, and whole farm ground cover, by accelerating the adoption of specific key management practices and technologies... The goal is directly addressed by the four intermediate outcomes of the project, which include: - Improved management of whole-farm biomass - Improved matching of land use..... Most Western Australian farmers have now been exposed to the concept of grazing crops, but many are reluctant to 'put the stock in' for fear of receiving a grain yield penalty...
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The high incidence of stripe rust in dual purpose cereal crops has prompted calls for growers to consider varieties with higher rust resistance ratings... "Rust resistance is particularly important when growing long season cereals as they enter the "green bridge" danger period when rust spores can be over-summering on weeds and volunteer cereal plants," Dr Rainbow said... Mr Street said while the results were based on limited trials and seasons and in these two trials where Jockey seed treatment was used on Wedgetail dual purpose wheat it did not delay stripe rust onset or offer any yield or quality advantages over standard seed treatments in two trials over two seasons...
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Dual purpose varieties offer value adding opportunities.. There are opportunities to sow long-season crops early in the northern region which can provide grazing and also later produce grain... Dual purpose cereal trials conducted by the NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) in northern NSW concluded that oats and barley produced more dry matter than wheat and triticale across the range of sites and seasons and that triticale produced the highest grain yield recovery following grazing...
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