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Chicory pasture sown by a DBS planter in Glenn Innes, NSW, is surviving despite below average rainfall.

Chicory pasture sown by a DBS planter in Glenn Innes, NSW, is surviving despite below average rainfall.

Glen Innes, New South Wales cattle producers Greg and Sally Chappell have faced a tough year like many of their peers.
But despite below average rain, his pasture paddocks are hanging on.
This week he sent across the above picture of a paddock of Commander Chicory, sown on September 23, 2018 at a rate of 1kg/ha, with Cocksfoot Clover and Broome prairie grass.
Since then he has recorded 432.5mm in the paddock against an average of 880mm.
Greg puts down the ability of the chicory to survive to the plant’s long tap root.
But he also has praise for his DBS planter.
“It has penetrated the soil and fractured it with blades working to a depth of between 16 and 18 centimetres,” he said. “This has broken up the old plough pan and enabled moisture infiltration giving access to stored nutrients at depth outside normal root penetrations.”
The Chappell’s next door neighbours Peter and Ros Alexander, who also use a DBS, also report their triticale pastures are “hanging on” in the dry conditions.

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Saturday, October 26, 2019