Grain growers who this year cut moisture-stressed and frost-affected crops for hay and silage are advised to record their crop management strategies and the outcomes for benchmarking purposes.
Record keeping (notes, photographs and videos) will form an important resource for growers in coming years, should they be required to again cut crops in response to seasonal conditions.
The advice comes from farm consultants, industry organisations and the Grains Research and Development Corporation who are supporting growers with their decision making around management of this year’s winter crops.
To this end, the GRDC has just published an updated Hay and Silage Fact Sheet on making the most of a failed winter crop.
GRDC southern grower relations manager Darren Arney said the fact sheet highlighted the importance of recording all crop measurements, yields, costs, feed quality and livestock outcomes as a future resource.
‘‘Having to cut crops for hay or silage is a decision often made by growers under duress,’’ Mr Arney said.
‘‘By recording the actions taken, the practices applied and the results achieved, growers will be much better placed should they be forced to cut their crops in future years,’’ he said.
■The fact sheet can be found at: https://grdc.com.au/hay-and-silage-fact-sheet