To all our clients – we at Growth Express wish
you a very happy New Year, and a great 2016 ahead.
The rains have come, and most
farms still have reasonable pasture cover.
So let’s take advantage of that.
We have had probably a third of the days of heat that we are going to
have for the summer. And we have had
sufficient rain to go with it that we are going to go into the beginning of
February with some cover. Let’s try and
keep some root length on into the autumn and winter so that you can use less
silage, buy in less supplements for March April May.
“A LITTLE and OFTEN”
By Colin & June Webb
Growth Express Ltd
We at Growth Express and Agrifert
advocate small amounts of liquid fertiliser NPKS etc reasonably frequently, as
the pasture requires.
is a system to grow more dry matter, more nutrition, more evenly throughout the
The benefits of this “little and
often” system are enormous.
Stock condition can be held, rather than the
expense of having to put weight back on if condition is lost through extra
These extra supplements can be used at other
times such as after calving.
If weight is kept on a slightly rising plain
milk production will benefit
you can expect earlier cycling and
more cows in calf earlier.
The higher the peak the more production on into
the second part of the season.
Very little of the product ends up in the drains
The plant is able to utilise the amount given to
it now and in the next two to three months
The product is more available to the plant
because it is foliar as well as ground, so it raises nutrition (brix) in the
pasture with the bigger pick-up and better plant production.
The product is there when the plant requires it
It helps keep length and density on the pasture
by holding and increasing the existing root length and root density
This in turn will help promote biology through
April / May / June and on into winter pasture
This system doesn’t avoid the
need to soil test. We need to monitor calcium,
phosphate (pH), magnesium, potassium, boron etc in order to know what to
apply. But we can use less solid
fertiliser, which in turn will create less wastage through run-off, and avoid
the situation where the plant has more at once than it can actually utilise,
which activates leaching and wastage.
“little and often” system is especially beneficial on lighter soils as
the holding capacity (CEC) is less able to maintain nutrients, so a larger
percentage are leached, and dollars can be wasted.
that less acidic are beneficial due to the fact that biology is nurtured.
system works with nature, not against it.
Nature doesn’t provide a year’s
rainfall all at once, with nothing for the rest of the year. Rain falls throughout the year.
Fertiliser works the same. Plants and biology and stock require
differing foods throughout the year, in smaller amounts when needed.
leads into pasture management.
What is above the ground is a
reflection of what is below the ground.
The stronger the root the more
nutrient it is capable of picking up the more pasture it can produce, and the
more nutrition there will be in that pasture.
There are certain fertilisers that can create different scenarios when
applied in combination. This needs to be
recognised and allowed for in deciding what to use when.
Little and Often doesn’t have to be expensive.
Farmers using this system tell us
it can be more cost effective, with better utilisation and better results bringing
specific paddocks. Take control of your pasture.
A little and more often can be
used all year round, into autumn, early spring, late spring, pre summer
pasture, silage, hay, etc.
We can’t change the rain
patterns, but we can plan for them.