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Establishing plantain in spring in existing perennial ryegrass pastures in northern Tasmania


Raedts, P and Langworthy, A, Establishing plantain in spring in existing perennial ryegrass pastures in northern Tasmania, Animal Production Science ISSN 1836-0939 (2018) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1071/AN18575


Research has shown advantages of including plantain (Plantago lanceolata L.) in grazed perennial ryegrass (Lolium perenne L.)-based dairy pastures. Plantain is typically established in dairy pastures during paddock renovation, and included in a mixture with perennial ryegrass. While perennial ryegrass can persist for years, even decades, plantain plant numbers and productivity decline within a few years of establishment. Maintaining the advantage of plantain requires frequent re-establishment. The current research tested the efficacy of two sowing methods (direct-drilling and broadcasting) and three sowing rates (2.5, 5.0, and 7.5 kg of seed/ha) for establishing plantain in existing irrigated perennial ryegrass pastures. Research was conducted on five dairy farms in northern Tasmania, Australia. Sowing occurred in mid-spring 2017, immediately after paddocks were grazed. Plantain establishment was monitored until early autumn 2018. Paddocks were managed as per normal farm practice, resulting in plantain being first grazed ~4 weeks post-sowing, before plants had developed to the recommended minimum six-leaf stage. Dry weather, timing of first grazing after sowing and insect burden challenged plantain establishment. However, both direct drilling and broadcasting were shown to successfully establish plantain into existing perennial ryegrass pastures.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:dairying, farming systems, forages, pasture composition
Research Division:Agricultural, Veterinary and Food Sciences
Research Group:Crop and pasture production
Research Field:Agronomy
Objective Division:Animal Production and Animal Primary Products
Objective Group:Pasture, browse and fodder crops
Objective Field:Sown pastures (excl. lucerne)
UTAS Author:Raedts, P (Mr Peter Raedts)
UTAS Author:Langworthy, A (Mr Adam Langworthy)
ID Code:131863
Year Published:2018
Deposited By:TIA - Research Institute
Deposited On:2019-04-10
Last Modified:2019-05-06

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