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Plan ahead now and phone us to book in your aerial gorse spraying. At present gorse is still heavily
in flower and for the best results from aerial spray application we don't recommend spraying until
the flower has started to drop off. This ensures our clients maximise their expenditure in this area and
achieve their desired targets for block development.
SPRAY & PRAY BLOCKS
Now is also the time to be thinking about those non-productive steeper blocks and converting
them to crop or pasture blocks for next season. Spray and pray is an effective answer to poor
performing or unproductive areas with aerial applications of herbicide and then oversown with seed.
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fertilisers, herbicides, fungicides and insecticides; aerial seed and solid fertiliser spreading; plus
with the added bonus of a farming background and stock knowledge, Alister can make mustering
and animal control projects a breeze. Lister Helicopters also offer a full range of lifting, firelighting
and firefighting services and an ability to call in extra machines when required means that no job
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Foliar fertiliser produces double the
grass in dry spell
Having too much grass after a dry August is a problem that Kamahi dairy
farmer, Patrick Hartley didn't foresee...
We're getting double the amount of
grass that we normally get after an
application of urea. The pasture is a
beautiful deep green colour and is
growing vigorously despite the fact that
we've only seen 7mm of rain in August''
--- Kamahi dairy farmer, Patrick Hartley
No urea, no problem: Kamahi dairy farmer Patrick Hartley gets double the grass growth
he expected after using a foliar fertiliser treatment instead of an autumn application of
And you can't blame him. Awatuna Farm
went into the winter with around 1800
kg DM/ha of grass cover to feed its herd
of 400 Jersey cows -- after missing its usual
autumn application of urea designed to get
pastures through the winter frosts.
Patrick is inclined to avoid urea wherever
possible to limit damage to earthworm
populations, so when he heard about an
alternative foliar fertiliser treatment at
Waimumu Fieldays, he decided to give it a go.
At the end of June this year, Patrick asked
Olivia Ross from Outgro Bio Agricultural to
come and set up some monitor paddocks for
soil and herbage testing across the 155 ha
farm. The monitoring is designed to locate
and measure specific farm soil and animal diet
deficiencies. After the res-
ults came through, Olivia
recommended an Outgro
Pasture Boost treatment to
see the farm through until
30 September, typically the
end of the first grazing
round on the farm.
"Growth has been fantas-
tic," said Patrick. "And it
doesn't seem to have been
slowed down by the dry
spell. We're getting double
the amount of grass that
we normally get after an
application of urea. The
pasture is a beautiful deep
green colour and is grow-
ing vigorously despite the
fact that we've only seen
7mm of rain in August.
"I usually hold the cows
back in September to try
and make the grass last,"
said Patrick. "But instead,
we've got so much off the
back of the fertiliser treat-
ment that I'm letting them fully feed without
worrying at all. It's a relief not to be concerned
about the amount of grass at this time of
Awatuna farm sits on typical Southland silty
dacre. According to Patrick, the comprehen-
sive testing has given him a greater
understanding of the nutrients his soil needs.
His experience with Outgro's Pasture Boost
has convinced Patrick to try the company's
custom-mixed fertiliser treatments. Three
more treatments are now scheduled across
the whole farm this season.
"We had originally planned a soil revitaliser
treatment at the end of August," said Patrick.
"But we've got so much grass that we've
postponed it. The grass is up to 3500 kg DM.
We're considering closing off some paddocks
to make silage - it's a nice problem to
Outgro's soil revitaliser treatments are
tailored to each individual farm to
balance soil nutrient levels and supply
the pasture with all essential elements
to achieve optimal growth and legume
function. Outgro consultants also use
animal dietary reports to help identify
the nutrients that most limit animal
health and performance. A customised
treatment 'prescription' is then written
to address these limitations over time.
Olivia Ross explains that the biggest
opportunity for improvement that
she's seen on Southland farms is the
potential to boost atmospheric nitro-
gen fixation. This can
be done by supply-
ing clovers with the
require to maximise
the utilisation of this
"All too often when I
carry out the initial
monitoring, I see
pasture swards with
a healthy amount of
clover," said Olivia.
"However, on closer
inspection of the
root zone, nodules
are small and white
or brown in colour --
a sure sign that they
are not fixing nitro-
Going forwards the
farm goals on Awa-
tuna farm are to
reduce the empty
rate, get the cows
calving earlier and
to reduce the reliance on synthetic
nitrogen. "We're aiming to increase the
level of nitrogen we are fixing through
our clovers. It'll be interesting to see
what happens," said Patrick.
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