Hay and forage crops

Hay production is the most common fodder conservation practice. Most crops and pastures can be made into hay of varying quality however, how you manage hay in spring can have a major impact on both yield and nutritive value. Along with the right timing and efficient wilting of cut pasture to a suitable moisture level.

Specific considerations for hay and forage crops

A balanced supply of macro and micronutrients specific to the crop and soil type is important in the production of high-quality forage or hay. Improving the capacity of soil to cycle and supply nutrients provides benefits in cost and crop health. Stimulating vegetative growth with biostimulants provides an opportunity to increase growth and sugar production.

Crop solutions

Oaten hay

Hay silage


Hay and forage resources

  • Beef case study, Inverell NSW

    Northern NSW farmers, Geoff and Kaye Bassett, defied drought to produce an amazing 500 kilograms of beef per ha on their dual-purpose wheat and oat crops. The key to their success is a revolutionary biological farming program which they claim has dramatically improved t...

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  • Pasture and hay case study, Dunkeld VIC

    A biological soil nutrition program is enabling Victorian farmers, Gavin and Vikki Bensch, to shrug off the effects of the drought and produce some of the best clover hay they have ever grown. Gavin and Vikki grow about 180 hectares of clover hay, wheat, linseed, field ...

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  • Pasture case study, Swan Hill VIC

    The adoption of biological farming techniques six years ago has allowed Victorian chaff producers, Jeff and Gae Dalton, to grow top quality lucerne on a block that had previously repulsed their best efforts to establish the crop. The Daltons mill and bag their chaff fro...

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  • Beef case study, Ballendella VIC

    Adopting of biological farming principles has enabled north Victorian beef producer, Craig Sobey, to rejuvenate a run-down property to the point where it has almost doubled productivity in the past five years. The Sobey family bought the Rochesterdistrict property, ‘The...

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