A snapshot of pastures in the mixed-farming zone

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A pasture survey of 54 paddocks was conducted with 17 Farmlink members in southern NSW. The purpose of the survey was to determine how pastures were managed and which pasture species were sown. An assessment of the paddock then compared the sown species to the species growing in the paddock. In total across the farms, 15 species were sown, but lucerne and subterranean clover were the dominant species being sown in greater than 80% of paddocks. The average frequency in which these species were found was greater than 60% but with large variation among paddocks. Sown species produced 62% of biomass on average across all paddocks. Unless the frequency of a species in the paddock was at least 50%, then the contribution to production of that species was low (<20%). Using the frequency benchmark of 50% it could be demonstrated that pasture composition commonly includes only 2-3 of the sown species.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 18th Australian Agronomy Conference 2017
Subtitle of host publicationDoing more with less
EditorsGarry J O’Leary, Roger D Armstrong, Liz Hafner
Place of PublicationAustralia
PublisherAustralian Society of Agronomy
Number of pages4
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Event18th Australian Agronomy Conference 2017 - Mercure Ballarat Hotel & Convention Centre, Ballarat, Australia
Duration: 24 Sept 201728 Sept 2017
https://web.archive.org/web/20170720070459/http://www.agronomyconference.com/ (Conference website)
http://www.agronomyaustraliaproceedings.org/index.php/2017 (Conference proceedings)


Conference18th Australian Agronomy Conference 2017
Abbreviated titleDoing more with less
OtherThe 18th Australian Agronomy Conference will be held at the Mercure Ballarat Hotel and Convention Centre, Victoria from 24-28 September 2017. The Australian Agronomy Conference is the meeting place for Agronomists; it supports research and the community of Agronomists by connecting Agronomy communities across Australia to each other.

The theme for the 2017 conference is “Doing more with less”. A central plank of Australia’s productive output is agriculture, worth over AUD$13.6 billion exported annually. Agronomy is key to ensuring that farmland is productive across Australia’s diverse landscapes. Innovation in machinery and precision technologies, plant species and varieties, soil and plant management may allow the agronomist of today to successfully help agricultural producers thrive. These innovations are timely as the world deals with increasingly variable climates, environmental degradation, and a more developed global community that requires more diverse products from agriculture.
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