On 21 September farmers looked at grain and graze trials as part of a project researching crops that can produce dry matter for grazing and still have good grain yields.
Through the national ‘Grain & Graze 2’ program, trials are underway in these areas to provide farmers with practical information about future crop options.
The group visited McKellar grazed by sheep at Nathalia, followed by looking at grazing Naparoo wheat with sheep at Tungamah. The final farm visit was to Wilby to look at the grazing of Wedgetail wheat by cattle and a demonstration of canola grazing.
These trials are examining what happens to a crop when grazing occurs, how long it can be grazed for, and which type and variety of crops perform best in grazing recovery to grain.
The trial sites are managed by farmers providing a good opportunity to talk to people who are trying to make this concept work by varying sowing and irrigation timing, fertiliser regimes, crop selection, and length and timing of grazing to get better results.
Farmers were able to see for themselves the difference between grazed and ungrazed crops – the difference is quite amazing.