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Considering sowing introduced tropical pastures this year?

Considering sowing introduced tropical pastures this year?

Clare Edwards, Senior Land Services Officer – Pastures, based in Mudgee

Parts of the Central Tablelands Local Land Services area are suited to sowing introduced tropical pastures. Many areas already have valuable native warm season dominated pastures such as Red grass. However, there may be a role for introduced tropical pastures which can add to the quantity and quality of feed. They may also aid in increasing organic matter and groundcover in old cropping paddocks. Tropical grass pastures often contain species such as Premier digit, Rhodes grass, Panics and Pigeon grass to name a few. They are certainly not for all areas and landscapes, but worthy of consideration in areas that have high soil temperature, receive some summer rainfall and have suitable animal enterprises to utilise the feed.

Producers have shown an increased interest in introduced tropical species over the last few years. Researchers have looked into different species, establishment, maintenance, additions of legumes and the use of herbicides around tropical pastures. After extensive work, a publication 'Tropical Perennial Grasses for Northern Inland NSW – 2nd edition' is available. This booklet is a valuable resource for those who are considering a new sowing this year or who wish to maintain an existing stand. I have a few copies available, or it is available to download from the following website:

 http://www.futurefarmonline.com.au/publications/other-publications.htm