Dryland Pastures

NZ Subterranean clover guide available now

The 1st Edition of the “Guide for subterranean clover identification and use in New Zealand” is now available to view and download – for free – on the Sub 4 Spring Research Project page of the Dryland Pastures website (just scroll to the publications at the bottom of the page).

Dryland Pastures Field Day

When: Wednesday 12 October 2016 Time: 1.30 pm to 4.30 pm Where: Ashley Dene Farm, Canterbury Departing from the woolshed on the corner of Bethels and Ashley Dene Rds. The event will be signposted from the intersection of Ellesmere Junction Rd and Brookside Rd. GPS co-ordinates for the woolshep are:  43°39’15.18″S; 172°19’51.97″E Topics to be covered include: Liveweight gain…

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Soil moisture status in winter

In these three short videos, taken on 3 August 2016,  Derrick talks about the current soil moisture status of a shallow and a deep soil as we prepare for the spring growth season in our dryland systems. In the first clip we see a lucerne stand on a deep Templeton silt loam soil at Lincoln…

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Effects of herbicides on subterranean clover

On 29 July 2016 Professor Derrick Moot headed out to the Ashley Dene research farm to look at an experiment being conducted by Masters student Teresa. This experiment is investigating the effects of nine different herbicide treatments on the survival and productivity of five different subterranean clover cultivars established in autumn and spray at one of two different…

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Red Meat Profit Partnership – Lucerne and other dryland legumes

Up Coming Event: Red Meat Profit Partnership conference call – Lucerne and other dryland legumes. When: Wednesday 17 August at 7.30 pm This conference call will run from 7.30 pm – 8.15 pm (45 mins). Outline: Lucerne is one of the oldest fodder crops known to humans, and its history in New Zealand is long. During the late…

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High Country Lucerne Development Field Day – Thursday 28 July

Upcoming Field Day: High Country Lucerne Development                                                            Where: Flock Hill Station, Arthurs Pass                            …

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Farm survey – responses needed on horehound levels on farm

The Horehound Biocontrol Group is seeking input about the magnitude of horehound problem, especially in Lucerne. With lucerne growing more widespread and already occupying over 150,000 ha, we notice horehound (Marrubium vulgare) is rearing its head as one of the worst weeds in lucerne stands, especially on extensive properties with ridges and areas with difficult…

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DPR Team now on Facebook

Yes – that’s right. We’ve now got a Facebook page were we are going to show a wee bit of what we get up to. Most of our fixed content and the detailed information will remain here on the blog and over on the Dryland Pastures website but we thought it might be interesting to…

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In memory of Malcolm Macfarlane

The Dryland Pastures Research team acknowledge the work of Malcolm Macfarlane in progressing the introduction of legumes onto dryland hill country farms. We were delighted Malcolm was overseeing the technical aspects of our research work in Southern Wairarapa. We are all saddened by his sudden passing and our thoughts are with his family, friends and…

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