Effect of basal frequency on phalaris (Phalaris aquatica) pasture production

Research output: Book chapter/Published conference paperConference paperpeer-review

42 Downloads (Pure)


A plot experiment was conducted to determine a critical phalaris basal frequency for pasture production. Small plots (0.84m2) in an existing phalaris pasture were modified to a range of basal frequencies (40-50%, 30-39%, 20-29%, and 10-19%). Pasture dry matter and composition was assessed during the growing season. Phalaris production was reduced when basal frequency was below 20% but growth of annual grasses and subterranean clover resulted in no differences for total seasonal production. The addition of nitrogen increased total pasture production by 37% but reduced clover production by 45%. It is suggested that if basal frequency of phalaris is below 20% then management strategies need to be implemented to increase basal frequency or re-sowing the pasture should be considered.
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.
Internet address


Dive into the research topics of 'Effect of basal frequency on phalaris (Phalaris aquatica) pasture production'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this