Pastures & Cropping

Hard-seeded pasture legumes expand as mixed-farming option

A rip-roaring drought and buoyant livestock prices have bolstered interest in hard-seeded legume pastures as a worthy inclusion in mixed-farming rotations in New South Wales…Read More

Liz Wells, April 11, 2019

Pacific Seeds, UQ and DAF project to boost sorghum heat tolerance

A $605,000 grant from the Australian Research Council will fund a project to look into identifying sorghum genes with improved heat tolerance, and incorporating them into new varieties…Read More

Beef Central, September 10, 2018

Two oat crops tell story of a century of breeding progress

Two forage oats varieties growing a few metres apart at the DAF Kingsthorpe Research Facility near Toowoomba are separated by exactly 100 years of breeding history…Read More

James Nason, August 9, 2018

Australia’s newest forage oat variety Warlock launched near Toowoomba

Livestock producers from central Queensland to central New South Wales can expect earlier grazing and higher feed yields with the launch of the new Warlock forage oat variety today…Read More

Beef Central, August 8, 2018

Scientist-farmer research backs spot-spraying to control African lovegrass

A research project involving scientists from the NSW Government and the QLD University of Technology, and 15 landholders from the Bega region has identified roller-wiping or spot spraying as a more effective control technique for African lovegrass than mechanical slashing…Read More

Beef Central, September 26, 2017

New Oats variety launched in Queensland

The new variety, called Wizard, is the pinnacle of seven years of research by the Department’s scientists to develop a crop completely resistant to all known races of leaf rust…Read More

Beef Central, August 31, 2016

Early finish for summer silage season, as weather turns fickle

WHAT was shaping up as a terrific summer silage season during planting back in December and January is rapidly running out of steam, with silage harvesters in parts of Qld and NSW racing against time to salvage what they can from moisture-depleted dryland summer forage crops…Read More

Jon Condon, March 17, 2016

WEBINAR: Maximising production and profit with high quality forages

The leader of a project examining high-output forage systems for meeting beef markets, Maree Bowen, will provide an overview of the results and introduce the decision support tools developed during the project in a free Beef Connect webinar to be held tomorrow…Read More

Beef Central, May 21, 2015

Oats seed availability warning

For the second time in two years, demand for oats planting seed from northern New South Wales to Central Queensland is set to outstrip supplies of key varieties…Read More

James Nason, February 4, 2015

Summer silage: Growing interest in corn ‘snaplage’

The corn harvesting method known as ‘snaplage’ is emerging from obscurity as more nutritionists and producers employing fodder conservation recognise its advantages…Read More

Beef Central, December 15, 2014

Hay-making worth considering for frosted grain crops

Late frosts are causing major damage to grain crops across Eastern Australia but growers can avoid disaster by turning their frosted crops into hay, a prominent hay merchant suggests. This time last year hundreds of graingrowers used this option after a large portion of the east coast cropping belt was hit by a severe frost.
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Beef Central, September 8, 2014

Record winter silage program looms, as seasonal swings exert impact

The combination of unusual seasonal conditions across summer and autumn and high feedlot demand is triggering what is shaping up to be an all-time record winter silage program across central and northern NSW and southern Queensland…Read More

Jon Condon, June 19, 2014

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