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Early sowing and irrigating of rape crops in cool temperate environments boosts forage yield potential


Harrison, MT and Pembleton, KG and Rawnsley, RP, Early sowing and irrigating of rape crops in cool temperate environments boosts forage yield potential, Proceedings of the 22nd International Grasslands Congress: Revitalising Grasslands to Sustain our Communities, 15-19 September 2013, Sydney, Australia, pp. 932-933. ISBN 978-1-74256-543-9 (2013) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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Forage rape is commonly grown on Tasmanian dairy farms to provide feed during periods of low pasture growth and/or low nutritive value. In these regions, forage crops are generally sown between early spring and late autumn and are commonly rainfed, though farmers may apply a single irrigation at sowing. While the effect of water availability on forage yield has been well characterised for regions in north-western Tasmania (Neilsen 2005), there is a dearth of information for other regions in Tasmania. Hence, the objectives of this study were to identify optimal sowing times for, and determine the extent to which a single irrigation at sowing influences productivity of, rainfed brassica crops across the dairy regions of Tasmania.

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Item Type:Refereed Conference Paper
Keywords:soil water, forage brassica, sowing date, dairy, model
Research Division:Agricultural, Veterinary and Food Sciences
Research Group:Agriculture, land and farm management
Research Field:Agricultural systems analysis and modelling
Objective Division:Animal Production and Animal Primary Products
Objective Group:Pasture, browse and fodder crops
Objective Field:Non-cereal crops (non-cereal crops for hay/silage/green feed)
UTAS Author:Harrison, MT (Associate Professor Matthew Harrison)
UTAS Author:Pembleton, KG (Dr Keith Pembleton)
UTAS Author:Rawnsley, RP (Dr Richard Rawnsley)
ID Code:84647
Year Published:2013
Deposited By:Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture
Deposited On:2013-05-23
Last Modified:2014-08-14

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