NutriHerb crop management manual

Herbaceous grasslands demand a diff erent approach when it comes to cultivation and maintenance than grasslands. Management also diff ers depending on the type of soil. The following tips will ensure successful cultivation of grass fodder herbs.

Preparation

 

Preparation

Clean field

Choose a field with low weed pressure or use a false sowing bed.

pH Adjust pH (sand > 5.5 ; clay > 6.0).
Fertilising

Do not fertilise the field before sowing. This prevents the herbs from competing with the grass during establishment and early growth.

Sowing bed 
Create an even firm sowing bed.

Seeding

 

Seeding

Sowing period April or from mid-August to mid-September.
Sowing quantity NutriHerb soft-leaf tall fescue 60 kg per ha.
NutriHerb perennial ryegrass 45 kg per ha.
NutriHerb overseed 15 kg per ha.
Adding extra clover If you want to fertilise the crop as little as possible or if you have poor sandy soil,
you can choose to add extra clover to NutriHerb.
Best results are achieved with 3 kilos of Quartet white clover
Mixing Mixing Mix the seeds regularly during sowing to prevent them from separating
(at least once every hectare).
Sowing depth

0.5 – 1 cm. Use a Cambridge roller to press the seed well into the soil.

Row distance

Max. 8 cm.

Overseeding

Reseeding is preferable to overseeding. NutriHerb overseeding is specially
formulated for adding herbs in existing grassland.

 

Fertilising

 

Fertilising

Fertilisers By fertilising, you can infl uence the balance between herbs and grasses.
• 30 m3 slurry/cattle manure / per ha in spring.
• 15 m3 slurry/cattle manure per ha after the first cut.
• The use of nitrogen fertiliser depends on the intensity of use of the herb plot.
• Phosphate and potassium fertilization depends on soil condition and extraction.

Maintenance

 

Maintenance

Maintenance Do not let the crop grow too old due to overgrowth, palatability and
feed value.
• Alternating between mowing and grazing achieves the best results.
• Weed control is not possible.

 

Harvesting

 

Harvesting

Grazing Regular rotational grazing stimulates regrowth of clover.
• Do not let the crop head too much
Dry matter yield Not more than 45 % ds because of crumbling losses, we advise not to tedder.
Cutting height Min. 6 cm.
Ensilage Add  Inoculant for better preservation and the prevention of heat generation
and mould.
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