Riverine Plains Blog

Grazing Young Forage Crops; Things To Look Out For

Key points 
  • Introduce stock slowly to grazing cereal and canola/brassica crops  
  • Feed test to know the quality of your crop 
  • Avoid nutrient imbalances when grazing young crops by providing a mineral/salt lick and roughage 
  • Know the signs of nutrient-related animal health disorders. 

While some farmers have already started grazing winter forage crops, some later-sown crops will only be ready for grazing now. Cereals are ready to be grazed when they have developed secondary roots and are well anchored, usually around the 3-leaf stage.  

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Managing acidic soils in the Riverine Plains

Soils in the Riverine Plains region can be complex, with constraints segmented across the profile. Soil acidity is a classic example of this, with some soils not being acidic in the topsoil but being profoundly acidic beyond 15cm depth.

While some soils in northeast Victoria and southern NSW are naturally acidic due to their parent material, others are becoming more acidic due to agricultural production. The ongoing use of nitrogen and the export of agricultural produce (which extracts calcium, magnesium and other cations from the soil) all resul t in net soil acidification.
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