Step 1

Identify poor performing paddocks before soil testing (sparse plant population)

  • Ensure that paddocks being renewed fall within the criteria for renewal.
  • Assess plant populations post-drought or summer and after a good rainfall, using resources put together by local experts (e.g. Southern farming systems, MLA, Dairy Australia).

  • Identify species which are present in the paddock. This identification will help with herbicide rates and application timing to remove these during the Programmed Approach™.
  • Poor drainage can cause some species to fail because of waterlogging. Poor drainage also leads to pugging events which will remove shallow-rooted species. Ensure all drainage problems are rectified prior to starting the Programmed Approach™.
A paddock with sparse productive growth
Poor performing paddock

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