Over 200 people attended the recent Dairygold reseeding event in Kildorrery, North Cork on Tuesday (July 23rd) which was supported by Goldcrop and Whelehan Crop Protection.
Attaining higher grass growth at the start and end of the grazing season should be high on every farmer’s priority list when reseeding, according to Dairygold Technical Manager, Liam Stack, who spoke at the event.
Correct grass seed
“Keeping cattle out for longer on the cheapest feed available is the best way to keep down costs."
"Extending the grazing season by choosing the correct grass seed to suit your farm needs will improve your overall profitability,” said Liam.
“We’ve listened to our customers and tailored our grass seed range to our farmer’s needs. They are also supported by the latest Teagasc research and all varieties in the Dairygold seed range are from the Irish DAFM recommended list.”
Also speaking at the event, Michael Casey, Monsanto/Bayer highlighted the importance of spraying off afield before reseeding.
The demo field was sprayed with the full rate of 6 litres/hectare of Roundup 360.
According to him, at a cost of €750/hectare to reseed, Roundup costing €50/hectare will give you the best long-term weed control at the correct rates.
Patrick Cashman from Goldcrop also highlighted the need for having the correct conditions for germination when reseeding. He said having the soil indices correct is essential to give the new seeds the best possible start and to hit the ground running.
“There is a huge opportunity to reseed in the coming weeks due to the high growth rates being experienced after the recent rainfall and with residual heat in the soil”.
Wrapping up the walk, Chris Maughan, Whelehan Crop Protection, touched on post-emergence spray.
“The easiest time to eradicate perennial weeds such as the dock are within six months of reseeding before a rootstock establishes.”