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Panic Grass for Horses

Panic Grass for Horses

Panic Grass for Horses

Annual medics are commonly sown with grasses. The barrel medics (e.g. Caliph, Jester, Paraggio, Sephi) are suitable for permanent pastures. Snail medics (e.g. Sava, Essex, Silver) are more productive in cultivation where they can be sown with forage crops like barley or oats. Burr medic occurs naturally. Spineless burr medic (such as Cavalier or Scimitar) can be sown to complement the natural population. With suitable rainfall medics can regenerate each autumn from seed, especially in heavily grazed or lightly renovated paddocks. Preferring neutral to alkaline soils, they are most productive in spring and autumn.

Grass

Summer grasses can be sown from October to late February. If planting in early spring be aware that even though evaporation is lower, weed competition at this time can be detrimental to young pasture seedlings. Mid summer planting (January to February - the wettest months in Queensland), when there is a higher probability of receiving consecutive rain days, has the best chance of success. It is also the most likely period to receive good follow-up rain after planting.Legume seeds, especially medics, can be oversown into a pasture without soil disturbance. Grazing in autumn will reduce mature grass cover and seed broadcast at this time will be trodden into the soil by hoof action. Although a single pass with a chisel plough or scarifier may improve germination by providing a better seedbed, it is often cheaper to increase the seed rate. Oversown summer grass seedlings do not readily establish against the competition from existing pasture plants.

Annual medics are commonly sown with grasses. The barrel medics (e.g. Caliph, Jester, Paraggio, Sephi) are suitable for permanent pastures. Snail medics (e.g. Sava, Essex, Silver) are more productive in cultivation where they can be sown with forage crops like barley or oats. Burr medic occurs naturally. Spineless burr medic (such as Cavalier or Scimitar) can be sown to complement the natural population. With suitable rainfall medics can regenerate each autumn from seed, especially in heavily grazed or lightly renovated paddocks. Preferring neutral to alkaline soils, they are most productive in spring and autumn.Legume seeds, especially medics, can be oversown into a pasture without soil disturbance. Grazing in autumn will reduce mature grass cover and seed broadcast at this time will be trodden into the soil by hoof action. Although a single pass with a chisel plough or scarifier may improve germination by providing a better seedbed, it is often cheaper to increase the seed rate. Oversown summer grass seedlings do not readily establish against the competition from existing pasture plants. (Source: www.daf.qld.gov.au)

 

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