by Greg Kaynes, Area Sales Manager (NNSW/SQLD)
Recently, two paddock inspections were performed using a Digital Plate Meter. The plate automatically takes readings every few paces and measures the average dry matter per hectare. The case study was conducted on two paddocks – each on a different pastoral property in New South Wales, Australia. The beneficial results were outstanding with collective increases on dry matter of 19.97% and 28%.
The full story, along with application details, retrieved data and cost analysis can be found here.
The owner of another pastoral property in northern New South Wales agreed to a small trial of Pasture Plus and the paddock was sprayed on 20th August 2014 at varying rates of application – zero, 1.5-litre and 3.0-litre per hectare.
To better appreciate what was happening ‘below the ground’ after 4 weeks, three samples were collected.
NOTE : the root systems were shaken and excess soil hosed-off so as to clearly see the root systems.
These photographic results are impressive indeed, and the general observations made about the three samples are as follows:
- All samples are from the same paddock. 75mm of rain has fallen over the past fortnight after a long period of extreme dry.
- All samples showed significant signs of new root growth development.
- The zero treated sample had dirt shake and wash off the sample considerably easier than the 1.5-litre and 3.0-litre applications.
- The zero treated sample does not look as robust as the other two. It has a considerably lighter colour than the sprayed samples, and generally its roots do not look to be displaying the same vigour as the two sprayed samples.
- The 1.5-litre treated sample is slightly darker in colour around the roots than the untreated sample.
- The 3.0-litre treated sample is considerably darker in colour around the roots than both the zero and 1.5-litre samples.
- Both the 3.0-litre and 1.5-litre samples actually had worms in them (and these can be seen in the photographs).
This is good news for pastoralists and graziers all over the world as the health and well-being of livestock can only be enhanced through the provision and continuing supply of improved pasture.