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Southern Farming Systems projects coordinator Annieka Paridaen at a trial of Hyola 971 CL that was sown on 14 November 2012 and grazed in summer and autumn 2013... Winter canola has been successfully sown in spring, grazed over summer and harvested for grain in 2012 and 2013.. With the release of new varieties such as CB@" Taurus and Hyola 971 CL, an opportunity now exists to sow canola in spring and graze the crop in summer and autumn with little impact on subsequent grain yield...
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Catalogue: GRDC Updates
Figure 1 Delay in flowering associated with grazing or defoliation at different growth stages.. In summary, canola varieties sown 2-3 weeks earlier than normal can be grazed in winter prior to bud elongation (usually providing 600 - 800 dse grazing days/ha) and recover with no impact on yield or oil... We have less experience with grazing of cattle on canola but provision of energy sources as hay or grain is advised to avoid health issues or sub-optimal live-weight gains...
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Catalogue: GRDC Updates
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 2014 Research Summaries
Researcher's Name: Mr Cam Nicholson Organisation: Southern Farming Systems Email: nicon@pipeline.com.au Phone: 03 5258 3860 Fax: 03 5258 3860 Project Code: SFS00028 Contract Start: 1/1/2014 Contract End: 12/31/2017.. While significant work has already been done on this topic, Grain and Graze 3 will focus on getting the most out of stubbles, grazing canola in winter, understanding what environmental conditions post grazing lead to grain yield loss and the impact of grazing on weed densities... Finally Grain and Graze 3 will tackle the complex issue of planning and implementing integrated systems that consider risk between as well as within enterprises on the farm...
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Plan early to bridge the feed gap.. Grazing canola crops that have elongated more than 10 centimetres can delay flowering and impact on yield... The crop on the left was cut hard on 6 August when plants were elongated (producing similar effects to late and heavy grazing), resulting in a significant delay in flowering...
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An analysis of winter cereal grazing trials at Tamworth provides growers with guidance on whether to focus on feed production or grain yield.. When trying to optimise the balance between dry matter (DM) production and grain yield for grazing cereals, growers have a number of management options including sowing time, plant population, variety and grazing timing... Using higher plant populations to increase DM yield for grazing is achievable, but may be less reliable for increasing grain yield...
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Catalogue: GRDC Updates (West)
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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Catalogue: GRDC Media
Matthew Gardner, NSW Department of Primary Industries (NSW DPI) research agronomist, Tamworth, NSW says growers should consider sowing cereals intended for grazing or dual purpose as early as practical up to early May to maximise opportunities to accumulate biomass for winter grazing... "Grazing cereals early will minimise impact on grain yield but reduce livestock production, whereas, grazing late will increase the risk of a more negative impact on grain yield but more than double dry matter available for grazing," Mr Gardner said... "If yield penalties from grazing are avoided then the gross margin obtained from a dual purpose system is greater than that obtained from grain only," Mr Gardner said...
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Catalogue: GRDC Media
Crop grazing can reduce early sowing frost risk.. Grain growers in frost prone areas should not be afraid of taking the opportunity to sow wheat early, if moisture is available, as the risk of damage to crops can be reduced using crop grazing to delay flowering... "At the Newdegate trial site, we found that early simulated grazing of crops for 10 days delayed flowering by four days; 20 days of grazing resulted in a 10 day delay, and grazing for 30 days extended flowering by 13 days," Mr Curtin said...
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Northern research measures dual-purpose profitability.. Overall, grazing cereals and canola add to income flexibility and profitability depending on crop and livestock markets... Research has shown that winter dual-purpose varieties provide the most grazing biomass, with early-sown, long-season cultivars producing enough biomass to support more than 2000 dry sheep equivalent (DSE) days per hectare in both the Tableland and Northern Slopes areas of NSW...
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