Vetches regrowth ability

BKFarmer

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Hi,

Just wondering if I sowed vetches early autumn (aug/sept) and mowed and baled/clamped (April).

If I direct drilled pea and barley mix would the mowed off vetches regrow?

Same question for autumn sown triticale. Mowed (after stem extension but before flag leaf) and baled/clamped, pea mix direct drilled into stubble.

Farming in Northern Ireland so risk of slots drying out is pretty low.

Thanks
 
Hi,

Just wondering if I sowed vetches early autumn (aug/sept) and mowed and baled/clamped (April).

If I direct drilled pea and barley mix would the mowed off vetches regrow?

Same question for autumn sown triticale. Mowed (after stem extension but before flag leaf) and baled/clamped, pea mix direct drilled into stubble.

Farming in Northern Ireland so risk of slots drying out is pretty low.

Thanks
If you want a good plant in the spring, hairy vetch is what you want. I did exactly what you are describing last year and was pleased with the results. It never grew back much after silaging though.
 

Rejuvenating swards: Which option is best?

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Written by Brian McDonnell

Maintaining grass quality during mid-season grazing is important. Farmers can maintain quality by entering ideal grazing covers of 1,300 – 1,500kg DM/ha, and grazing down to a residual of 4cm every rotation.

If you are now in a situation where cows are not cleaning out paddocks as well as they should be, leading to the development of steamy grass within the sward, here are some options.

Common options for rejuvenating swards include:

  1. Take a silage cut, probably into bales, remove the material and start again with the aftermath...
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