Dryland Pastures

Horehound BioControl Update 4

Greetings all, It is time to update you that the EPA application is progressing well. We are awaiting confirmation of details for two more issues and finishing touches of quality checks before lodging the application with the EPA. We will post an update here as soon as the application has been lodged, because the formal consultation…

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Tupping on lucerne – Autumn 2018 update

We were recently contacted by a Vet because he had visited a property where Romney ewe hoggets had been grazing lucerne since January 4th til APRIL 4th. At this time the hoggets were showing signs of udder development which is a clear indication of a highly oestrogenic crop. In our experience young stock such as…

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Sub clover cultivars – get in the mix

Post prepared by the Dryland Pastures Research Team – Dr S.T. Olykan, C.S. Teixeira (PhD candidate), Mr R.J. Lucas, Prof D.J. Moot and Dr A. Mills. Why choose sub clover? Sub clover suits a summer dry environment because: In a mixed pasture it may provide 2 to 4 t/ha of high quality herbage for lactating…

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Southland Farming for Profit Field Day

Upcoming event Farming for Profit Field Day Specialist Forages: “Going Beyong Ryegrass and White Clover” When: 1 pm 23 March 2018 Where:  Grant and Katie Catto’s Farm 555 Drummond – Heddon Bush Road, Central Southland Topics include: Lucerne in Southland; Specialist Forage Options and Farm Shelter Tea and Coffee available from 12.30 pm and the day will…

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Horehound biocontrol – a step closer

Posted on behalf of the Horehound Biocontrol Group The ball is now seriously rolling towards biological control for horehound! Here is where we are at, as of late February 2018: We have now informed the EPA of our intention to submit an application to release the two biocontrol agents. The EPA will now issue a case…

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Horehound Biocontrol Update 2

Posted on behalf of the Horehound Biocontrol Group Happy New Year everyone, It’s been about six months since the horehound biocontrol project kicked in and a good time to update you on progress. Feasibility Study We have completed the feasibility study, which constitutes the first stage of any weed biocontrol programme and was a Stop/Go decision point…

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Ode to 2017

Posted on behalf of Prof Derrick Moot At the start of this year, thick smoke blackened the air, the Port Hills a blazing inferno Dry grass did ignite, created the sight, helicopter bombing to suppress the dayglow As each night descended, the flying was ended, wind took charge and re-fanned the flame Our Californian insight,…

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Horehound Biocontrol Update 1

Posted on behalf of the Horehound Biocontrol Group Greetings everyone, Following five months of patient waiting, we finally heard last week that our efforts have paid off – the application to MPI’s Sustainable Farming Fund (SFF) to fund a biocontrol programme against horehound has been approved! Subject to some paperwork and contracting, the funding will be…

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Focus On Sub – Public Field Day

When: Thursday 23rd November 2017 Start time: 12 pm Where: Koromiko Farm Property of Lucy & Hugh Dampier-Crossley located at 180 Fagans Road, Cheviot, North Canterbury Please bring your own lunch. Tea and Coffee will be provided. Please RSVP to Andrew Johnston by 20 November (027 433 4876 or andrewjohnston@luisettiseeds.co.nz) Topics for discussion Sub clover establishment (Prof. Derrick Moot)…

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