Meat and Livestock Australia
Three years (2020-2023)
To be confirmed. Currently sourcing trial hosts.
To develop three sites, each year for three years, to demonstrate and quantify the benefits of dual-purpose crops into mixed farm systems to address the autumn/winter feed gap. To establish the optimal grazing window to minimise yield penalties and quantify stock weight gains from the grazing of crops compared to pasture.
This project was deferred until 2020 due to the late start to the 2019 cropping year. Crops were too immature to be grazed in autumn/early winter as the project requires. We are currently looking for three hosts farms for these produce demonstration sites for the coming year.
The finding of legacy P at depth in these soil types promotes the discussion for the need to change and expand soil sampling procedure and protocols to better understand and advise on fertiliser-P requirements.