On Wednesday 5th April 2023, Germinal Agricultural Director Ben Wixey hosted our Climate Smart Reseeding webinar with fellow colleagues Dr Mary McEvoy and William Fleming. You can watch the video below to get their advice on reseeding grassland sustainably.
Please note: The following are the questions we didn't get time to answer during the webinar.
Have you got any views on the use of soil supplements that are currently being advertised?
Fundamentally, soil is the most important part of the whole system. So, good soil health is vital to maximise forage production. There are many supplements on the market. However, if your soil is maintained correctly and with attention paid to the structure and biological activity, including correct pH and soil nutrients, then we would have to consider if a supplement was needed. Ultimately, we conclude that the first step is to consider the science and trial work behind the claims of the supplement provider.
What is the best way of adding sulphur to a red clover sward or is it as important as in grazing swards?
Sulphur is important for any growing crop and red clover is no exception. In areas of low sulphur, such as sulphur-deficient soil, RB209 suggests a 40 kg application of sulphate/ha before every silage cut or 20-30 kg sulphate when up to 100 kg nitrogen is applied when grazing.
The best products should have a low nitrogen-to-sulphur ratio as red clover is a legume that can fix nitrogen for itself along with companion crops.
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