This year’s hot and dry spring, on top of frost events, has forced many grain growers in Victoria and South Australia to cut their cereal crops for hay. Growers are encouraged to maximise the quality of the hay they produce by following industry best practice guidelines. The Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) Radio Southern Update offers growers and contractors some good advice to ensure they salvage as much as they can from failed crops.
The advice comes from Australian Fodder Industry Association executive officer Darren Keating who speaks with GRDC Radio presenter Chris Brown about extracting the most from haymaking. The program also discusses warnings over withholding periods for pulses cut for hay and a reminder about chemical use when crop topping.
Each week, through GRDC Radio Southern Update, the GRDC provides news and information that is timely and relevant to the southern cropping region. GRDC Radio can be accessed online via www.grdc.com.au/podcasts or can be subscribed to, either by searching iTunes for “GRDC” and subscribing to the southern region's podcast, or by entering http://www.grdc.com.au/SWUpodcast into a podcast player when prompted for a feed address.
Sharon Watt, Porter Novelli
Caption: Grain growers are encouraged to maximise the quality of the hay they produce by following industry best practice guidelines. Photo: Brad Collis