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Dow AgroS­ciences has launched For­ageMax her­bi­cide, which it says will en­able farm­ers to re­con­sider grow­ing for­age brassicas. “Th­ese high qual­ity feeds had been rel­e­gated to the ‘too hard’ bas­ket due to in­fes­ta­tions of fat-hen and di­a­mond­back moth,” ac­cord­ing to Dow’s Dan Dixon. “As with every­thing, though, there is a cost in­volved. How­ever, pro­duc­ing re­turnon-in­vest­ment data has been a pri­or­ity for us, and we can now re­port ex­cel­lent re­sults.” Mr Dixon said For­ageMax pro­duced an aver­age in­crease in dry mat­ter of 7.18 tonnes/hectare across three tri­als and The two Al­strong sea­sons. aer­a­tor has a drum with blades that “Con­sid­er­ing­can break up the soil re­turn-on-in­vest­ment,pans to a depth of 30cm. For­ageMax (100 ml/ha) cost $40/ha to pro­duce an ex­tra 7.18t/ha dry mat­ter, which equates to 179 kg/$1 spent. “This gives a much higher re­turn-on-in­vest­ment than buy­ing in a round bale (300 kg at $60/bale) which only pro­duces 5 kg/$1. When con­verted to the metabolis­able en­ergy (ME: di­gestible en­ergy less en­ergy lost in urine, gases) of the feed com­po­nent, us­ing For­ageMax to grow turnips re­sults in around 2000 ME/$1 spent as op­posed to only 30 for oat/wheat hay, ac­cord­ing to Mr Dixon. Mr Dixon said a farmer in Prince­town, Vic­to­ria, said they had had three times the amount of dry mat­ter in the treated crop com­pared to the un­treated crop. The added bonus was that they had no fat-hen trash to clean up, so it was easier to get back into sow­ing new pas­ture.

Yar­ram farmer Scott Travers with turnips – un­treated and treated with For­ageMax.

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