AUGUST RESEEDING CAN PRODUCE UP TO 1 TONNE MORE GRASS THE FOLLOWING SPRING, ACCORDING TO NEW RESEARCH BY DLF
Autumn reseeding generally takes place from August through to September, when there is plenty of moisture and heat to trigger germination. However, on-farm trials carried out by DLF over the last two years show that swards sown in August will produce up to 1 tonne more grass the following spring than those sown in September. This shortfall in spring grass growth could cost up to €250/ha.
Reseeding before the end of August gives plenty of time for post-emergence spray application and that critical first grazing for tiller development, allowing the new sward to hit the ground running the following spring.
With ever-rising costs, farmers may well be forgiven for having second thoughts about reseeding grassland this autumn. And although the cost of carrying out the job may have increased; reseeding is one of the key steps farmers can take to maintain maximum productivity and profitability. The increased profitability associated with new reseeds has been shown repeatedly both in research trials and on farm.
The most obvious benefit is the significant increase in the amount of grass grown, with DM yield increases ranging from 20% - 40% with new reseeds. This extra grass growth generally occurs in the shoulders of the year, so it can be used to extend the grazing season and reduce production costs.
DLF is bringing grazing research to the farm gate with forage solutions specific to Irish farming systems through its DLF Grass Partner Programme to bring the Next Generation of Forage First solutions to Irish farms.
If you would like more information on DLF Grass Mixtures with 5*grazing varieties, please get in touch with Dr Thomas Moloney on 087 396 1265.
DLF forage grass mixtures brochure available here