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Farm 1 - The Common Treatment plot

28 Nov 2021 2:12 AM | Jennie Curtis (Administrator)

On this plot lime (Aglime250 Superfine) was applied at a rate of 150g/m2 (equivalent to 1.5 tonne/ha) to the surface.

Ryecorn Crimson Clover and Ryecorn green manure seed was broadcast on the surface at a rate of 20g/m2 in Spring 2020. Cowpeas and millet seed was broadcast as a Summer green manure on the surface in January 2021 immediately before the grass was scythed (since jute mesh prevented use of flail mower).

QPRC soil conditioner compost was applied over the surface in an approximately 1cm deep layer in Spring 2020 after seed was broadcast.

Jute mesh was applied over the compost.

September 2020 after lime was applied.

October 2020 after jute mesh was applied over green manure seed and compost.

November 2020 after a surprising flush of growth compared to the control plot.

January 2021 when the grass and green manure in the Common Plot was scythed. This left a significant amount of dry litter on the surface which was slow to break down compared to V1.

February 2021 when herbage mass was measured as 1301 kgDM/ha.

July 2021 when herbage mass measured 1477 kgDm/has and groundcover reached 100%.

A comparison in July 2021 of the Control Plot (front) with V1 (back) which had the same treatment as the Control Plot without the jute mesh. V1 was able to be mown with the flail mower in January which cuts the grass into smaller pieces.

November 2021 when herbage mass and soil test samples were taken. The herbage mass and fodder value was clearly superior to the Control Plot.


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