|Grass Renovation for Winter damaged fields |
What next ?
When its dry enough
Graze down as much as possible .
Aerate if soil is capped on the surface
Then scratch seed or direct drill new Grass seeds into the surface Sow seeds at 10 kg acre if just rejuvenating the sward or 15 kg/acre if it’s really damaged
Then roll straight away to trap the moisture around the new seed. Graze for a following week I, this will help tread any seed back into the surface —then leave for 3 weeks so the new seeds have chance to germinate and establish.
Graze ideally or cut in 4-5 weeks time once the new plants have anchorage in the soil (You should be able to pull anew seed and the plant should snap not pull out the whole new seedling). .
Ground conditions changing by the day – what seemed impossible to walk on last week looks totally different today (ish)
Soil temperatures of 9.5-10 degrees- grass will grow at a pace
Soil temperatures at 9.5-10 degrees and after this weekend more day than night , so grass growth is going one “up” , we are still behind last year by approx 36% to date.
Just waiting for a few dry days so we can re start grazing again.
Grass Growth this week 7 kg DM/day , this time last year it was 17 kg.
Soil sampling – part of the a day in the office for Agscope
-Know your soil its a basic of Grassland Management
We had a great meeting at Wareings Farm Buildings, great to see a local company doing well and also learn about its long history of supporting British Agriculture.