Tropical Grasslands (2007) Volume 41, 200–202

The realities of pasture establishment

DAVID ILLING

David Illing Pastures Pty Ltd, Toowoomba,Queensland, Australia

Abstract

In the past 50 years, large areas of fertile grazing lands have been developed for grain and forage production. With fertility decline and increase in cost of inputs, profi tability has declined and return to permanent pastures seems warranted.
This paper discusses the critical practical issues to be considered in establishing these pastures. Adequate soil-seed contact, stubble retention, effective weed control and strategic use of slashing are essential for successful establishment. However, equally important are the human characteristics of patience and commitment to the task.

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