Regionally-specific feedbase tips and information for the Murray Dairy region.
Seasonal feedbase information for your local region.
Cereal crops are used in the Murray Dairy region to complement pastures through the winter period. Used effectively in a system, cereals can help to remediate soil constraints and control weeds. Cereals enable strategic use of irrigation water, being more tolerant of dry conditions than ryegrass. They are quick to graze and tolerate some grazing in wet conditions. Farmers in the region also cut cereal crops for hay and silage.
The key to optimising crop performance is preparation. Murray Dairy, with the support of the Accelerating Change project, has developed this guide for Winter Cereals, highlight key timing for decision-making and agronomic management.
Download the Winter Cropping Timeline.
For more information on winter and forage cereals, visit the winter cropping section of our Cropping page on the Murray Dairy Accelerating Change website.
Plan your feedbase for your farm system and needs
Hear from soil scientist, Christian Bannan about soil preparation for summer cropping
Optimising Maize Silage through good harvest management
Read this article at the Accelerating Change Project - Successful Summer Cropping
The following videos and fact sheets about the set up for your Autumn Feedbase, can help start a discussion with your business partners, advisers or peers, working together to develop an effective approach for autumn.
A tight cash flow for many businesses can make setting up plans for Autumn this more difficult to implement without discussion with service providers (agronomists, seed merchants, trading stores and financial institutions) about how your plan can be actioned considering the current cash flow situation.
This handout from Murray Dairy and Agriculture Victoria includes information on feedbudgeting, water budgeting, soil preparation and agronomic considerations for a successful season.
Lisa Birrell discusses sowing to temperature to maximise your autumn pasture growth.
Achieving successful pasture establishment
The basics of growing a profitable crop
You'll need the following information about your farm at hand:
Achieving successful pasture management
The basics of growing a good crop
Time to watch: 3:35