Fact sheet pro­vides guide for grow­ers

The Western Star - - RURALWEEKLY -

GRAIN grow­ers who cut mois­ture-stressed and frost-af­fected crops for hay and silage this year are ad­vised to record their crop man­age­ment strate­gies, in­clud­ing feed qual­ity and live­stock out­comes for bench­mark­ing pur­poses.

Record keep­ing (notes, pho­tographs and videos) will form an im­por­tant re­source for grow­ers in com­ing years, should they be re­quired to cut crops again in re­sponse to sea­sonal con­di­tions. The ad­vice comes from farm con­sul­tants, in­dus­try or­gan­i­sa­tions and the Grains Re­search and De­vel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion who are sup­port­ing grow­ers with their de­ci­sion mak­ing on man­age­ment of this year’s win­ter crops. To this end, the GRDC has just pub­lished an up­dated Hay and Silage Fact Sheet on mak­ing the most of a failed win­ter crop. GRDC grower re­la­tions man­ager north Richard Holzknecht said the fact sheet high­lighted the im­por­tance of record­ing all crop mea­sure­ments, yields, costs, feed qual­ity and live­stock out­comes as a fu­ture re­source.

“The de­ci­sion to cut crops for hay or silage is of­ten one made dur­ing a stress­ful time,” Mr Holzknecht said.

“Grow­ers who are able to record what ac­tion they took, the prac­tices ap­plied and the re­sults achieved will have a vi­tal guide if they are forced to cut crops again at some point in the fu­ture.

“These records could be­come an im­por­tant re­source or rule of thumb to help grow­ers make sim­i­lar de­ci­sions un­der pres­sure.”

The GRDC Hay and Silage Fact Sheet en­cour­ages grow­ers to re­view these records at a later stage to de­ter­mine what ad­di­tional in­for­ma­tion could have im­proved or helped their de­ci­sion mak­ing. Grow­ers are re­minded that mar­ket vari­abil­ity and vo­latil­ity should be fac­tored into fu­ture de­ci­sion mak­ing.

The fact sheet is avail­able at www.grdc.com.au.

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