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Kingshay's Knowledgebase - Grassland Management

Grass mixture selection

Grass mixture selection

Farmers reseed because renovated swards should yield 33% more in the first year and 10% more thereafter, than a 5 year old ley. However, the seed mixture plays a huge par...

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Grass Pests and Diseases

Grass Pests and Diseases

Underperforming grass swards can occur for a number of reasons, such as inadequate crop nutrition, soil structure issues, weed infestation or plant diseases caused by pat...

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Grassland Soil Compaction Farming Note

Grassland Soil Compaction Farming Note

Compacted soil can result in reduced plant growth and crop yield, impeded drainage and increased soil erosion. Forage grown in compacted soil can also have a reduced mine...

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Grassland Soil pH

Grassland Soil pH

Soil health and fertility are fundamental to livestock producers, in order to maximise grass growth. The pH status of a soil plays a hugely important role with forage gro...

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Grassland Weed Control Farming Note

Grassland Weed Control Farming Note

Weeds in grass swards are in direct competition with the grass for nutrients and light. Encroachment of weeds will cause financial loss, whether in reduced dry matter yi...

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Green Manures & Other Crops to Improve Soil Health

Green Manures & Other Crops to Improve Soil Health

This Farming Note is the fourth part of the sustainable Soil Management Series. It explains What green manures are How these green manures and other crops benefit s...

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Hybrid Ryegrass Trial Update

Hybrid Ryegrass Trial Update

Hybrid ryegrass is a cross between Italian and perennial ryegrass, thus allowing the positive traits of both crops to be incorporated into one grass. Desirable attributes...

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July Checklist

July Checklist

In this month's checklist: Managing Mid-Season Grazing Did You Miss out on Spring Reseeding? Dealing with Hot Weather Harvest Options for Cereals Get Sup...

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Keeping Control of Grazing

Keeping Control of Grazing

This Farming Note follows on from Mid-Season Grazing Management, and covers: Strategies for dealing with a grass excess Methods of reinstating residuals Different...

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Late Season Grazing Management

Late Season Grazing Management

Autumn grass can be a high-value feed, and for those squeezed by milk price, maximising use of late season grass can boost margins. This Farming Note covers: how l...

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Management Following 1st Cut Silage

Management Following 1st Cut Silage

With forage larders bare on many farms, optimising the production of quality grass silage, across all cuts is even more vital this season. With that in mind, it’s worth...

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March Checklist

March Checklist

This month’s checklist covers: Worm Control in First-Grazers Perfect Preparation is Key to Maize Yields Future Farming Resilience Fund Lump Sum Exit Schem...

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