Autumn presents an opportunity to review the performance of your Pallaton Raphno® and assess the ability of the crop to continue into winter.
Under optimum grazing and environmental conditions, farmers may have the opportunity to continue growing their Pallaton into winter for a final grazing. Assess your Pallaton crop in early autumn for the following factors to help with your decision to carry the crop through:
After the March grazing, take the opportunity to do some plant counts in your Pallaton crop. Using a square metre (1m2) hoop, randomly sample the paddock to get an average plant count per square metre. Carrying your Pallaton crop into winter will largely depend on the number of plants present in the autumn to set the crop up for winter grazing.
Excessively wet or fluctuating wet and dry conditions coupled with multiple grazings can create an opportunity for brassica bacterial and fungal disease infection. This is not unique to Pallaton and is a risk for all brassica crops. If you think there may be brassica disease in the crop, it is recommended to sow break crops such as pasture.
Use Pallaton Raphno® as part of a sensible crop rotation.
Brassicas, (including Pallaton) should not be planted more than two years in a row in the same paddock. As with all brassicas, let the paddock rest before sowing another brassica into the same paddock.
The average plant numbers present in early autumn will help determine what the best option will be for your Pallaton crop.