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Nitrogen application is common and profitable in dairy cattle grazing rotations and may also be profitable for strategic applications in beef grazing and for hay production.
Mosaic Agriculture is one of three strategic pillars under the Northern Beef Development project.
Good practice nutrient management requires adequate monitoring of soils and plant nutrient levels, analysis of nutrient levels to meet plant and animal production needs, the correct application tec
Soil testing and plant analysis are valuable tools to diagnose constraints to crop and pasture production.
Most unplanned fires have a drastic effect on a pasture. Fire changes the plant composition and reduces growth and carrying capacity in the following season.
The productivity of saline and waterlogged land can be markedly increased by using salt tolerant legumes and grasses, in mixtures.
Pasture manipulation is the application of herbicides for grass control early in the growing season (autumn or early winter).
It is often the preferred option for grass control.
In Western Australia, competition from 7-90 capeweed plants per square metre in a wheat crop can reduce crop yield by 28-44% and net return by 25-76%.
Feed intake and methane emissions are influenced by the digestibility of the pasture and the concentration of plant secondary compounds such as tannins.
Pastures that reduce methane emissions can be categorised into high quality grasses and legumes, and plants containing secondary metabolites such as tannins.