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PASTURE VARIETY TRIALS

Year 2 Trial Plans - 2021

Updated 28/05/21

2021 brings the second year of the ASHEEP Pasture Variety Trials, as part of the Meat & Livestock Australian Producer Demonstration Site Program. The Year 2 trial sites are in the ground, thanks to the collaboration with South East Agronomy Services who have been working with ASHEEP to manage the trial sites. 

 

The project team met earlier in the year to review the results from Year 1 and to plan Year 2. The trial sites have been moved to new locations and the varieties in the trial have been changed up, with some carried over from Year 1 plus new additions. We've also included a range of pasture mixes and some of the new varieties that have been developed through the Dryland Pasture Systems project. Pasture cuts for biomass will be taken at 10 and 16 weeks and soil test results will be in soon. We'll also look to run nutritive analysis tests on the better performing varieties.

Neridup - Sandplain

Sown: 13th May 2021

Host: John Wallace

Varieties: 15 with 4 replicates

  • Illabo Wheat

  • Planet Barley

  • Capello Vetch

  • RM4 vetch

  • Tetila Ryegrass

  • Express Grazing Oats

  • Express Grazing Oats / Tetila Ryegrass mix

  • SARDI Grazer Lucerne

  • SARDI Series 7 Lucerne

  • SARDI Series 10 Lucerne

  • Casbah Biserulla

  • Dalkeith Sub Clover

  • Leafmore Brassica

  • Franno Serradella

  • BALL Teara Ballard Mix

Cascade

Sown: 19th May 2021

Host: Simeon Roberts

Varieties: 15 with 4 replicates

  • Sparticus Barley

  • RM4 Vetch

  • Capello Vetch

  • Express Oats

  • RM4 Vetch / Oats mix

  • Trigonella

  • Tetila Ryegrass

  • Cavalier Medic

  • Snail Medic

  • SU Tolerant Sultan Medic

  • Casbah Biserulla

  • SARDI Grazing Lucerne

  • Cobra Clover

  • BALL Thumpa Ballard Mix

  • BALL Salina Ballard Mix

Grass Patch

Sown: 20th May 2021

Host: David Vandenberghe

Varieties: 15 with 4 replicates

  • Sulla

  • Trigonella

  • Express Oats

  • Oats / RM4 Vetch mix

  • Tillage Radish

  • Snail Medic

  • Leafmore Grazing Brassica

  • Casbah Biserulla

  • RM4 Vetch

  • Mawson Subclover

  • Cobra Subclover

  • SARDI Grazer Lucerne

  • Tetila Ryegrass

  • BALL Thumpa Ballard mix

  • BALL Salina Ballard mix

Management of Year 1 Trail Sites

Originally in Year 2 all trials that were sown in Year 1 were to be half cropped to a cereal and half left bare, to monitor regeneration. This plan has been adjusted and the The whole Grass Patch site from 2020 will be cropped due to limited seed set. This decision is also as a preventative measure against high weed burden and management issues for the grower in the future. The site will be monitored to see what regenerates in year 3. The Neridup site will also follow this plan. Any further monitoring of the Salmon Gums 2020 site will not occur as no regeneration is expected due to drought conditions.

Images: 2021 trial sites fresh sown - left Cascade and right Neridup Sandplain.

Contact ASHEEP if you would like more information on this project. ASHEEP members will be provided with regular updates, visit our membership page if you would like to consider joining. The sites will also be showcased at field days.

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