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Dry July by Nathan Scott

  • By: Nathan Scott
  • Jul 05, 2017

With one of the driest Junes on record, what will July hold for us?  For those that received big early rains, the dry spell in June was well received and gave the diesel junkies a chance to get back onto cropping paddocks.

For the pasture lovers what does it all mean?  In most areas we are still very well placed for the season with pasture growth rates well above average up to this point.  The star performer in our travels has undoubtedly been Holdfast GT Phalaris.  For the regular readers, you will know that i have always been a big fan, but this year that plant has taken it to a whole new level.  It opens options, and every person i know that has it on their farm is raving about it.  Keep it in mind for the future.

With great pasture growth rates, achieving target feed on offer for lambing has been much easier this year.  But don't slip into complacency.  A dry July could see things start to tighten up later in the season.  I have been told plenty of times that "you only ever get one spring in a year" and i am pretty confident in saying that much of southern Victoria has already had one this year.  So my message is to stay on your toes.  Don't relax too much as one of two things is probably going to happe...

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