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TAS Country : February 10th 2011
24 Tasmanian Country Friday, February 11, 2011 Top-grass cocksfoot grows from strength to strength ENERGY VALUE: Tas Global Seeds harvests Megatas for seed last week. VIGOUR: The Spanish cocksfoot that was trialled. FARMERS in Tasmania have known of cocksfoot as a pasture grass for many years. Indeed, the cultivar Por- to which was developed here by the Department of Agriculture has been the principal variety in use throughout south-east Australia. However, over the years while the good character- istics of Porto became evi- dent so too did its failings. Porto strengths: More drought tolerant than ryegrass Adapted to poorer soils Good grub tolerance Responds to summer rain Porto weaknesses Hard to manage Frost burn Clumping habit Low palatability Poor legume compati- bility Over the last 20 years a new generation of cocks- foot has been developed initially by DPIPWE and latterly by the Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture Re- search. These new cultivars have maintained the best of Por- to and gone a long way to eliminating the undesir- able. Megatas is a world's first in that it has a metabolis- able energy value as high or higher than ryegrass. Its other major attributes are its excellent seedling vig- our, and in- creased leafi- ness and vigour with a low crown. It is highly summer active producing a large bulk of highly palat- able, high protein, high energy forage all year round, with a high level of digestibility and nutritive value. Megatas has low aftermath heading which makes it very easy to manage. It is adapted for sowing into medium to well drain- ed soil types of moderate to high fertility, in medium to high rainfall areas receiv- ing 600+mm average annu- al rainfall. At the Elliott Research Station, Megatas has yield- ed in excess of 16T/Ha DM under irrigation. Uplands was specifically developed after calls from farmers in the dry areas of the state for a grass that was not only exceptionally drought and cold tolerant, and persistent; but also unlike phalaris and some ryegrass cultivars, did not at any stage cause toxicity problems. The parents of Uplands came from the central pla- teau of Spain in the heart of the land where merino sheep originated. It is well adapted to north- facing slopes and, once established, exceptionally persistent. Unlike Porto it does not clump and makes much of its growth during the win- ter period. It is highly resistant to pasture grub attack and his withstood infestations where even native grasses have disappeared. Developed over the last 17 years in Tasmania, and with original plantings surviving the worst droughts, it is pleasing to see that this cultivar is being widely sown in Tas- mania, Victoria and South- ern New South Wales. Tilage and planting Special feature innovators in agriculture SMARTER, FASTER, STRONGER! TULIP MULTIDISC...THE NEW HIGH SPEED MULTIDISC DISC HARROW -- PERFECT FOR STUBBLE MANAGEMENT AND PREPARES THE SOIL FOR TROUBLE FREE SEEDING. Lely Australia Pty. Ltd., 48 Mackay St, Rochester, VIC 3561 Ph: (03) 5484 4000 or visit www.lely.com *Talk to your Lely dealer regarding tailor-made Lely Finance to suit your cash flow -- Conditions Apply. Lely offers a wide range of innovative products to make farming easier. Live Life Lely IBA_13277 ARION 400 Loading, mowing, baling, spraying, tilling and towing.... Climb on board today!
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