Adding Tonic to a Perennial Ryegrass can increase overall production. Relative to ryegrass, Tonic provides consistent dry matter production in all seasons. This extra production is generally due to more growth into summer and faster recovery in fall. This extra feed fills an important gap during the transition period between summer grasses and temperate species. Tonic can add value, both in terms of dry matter and quality, in a diverse range of ways in any farming system.
- Adapts well to drier regions, less fertile soils, lower pH, and heavy clay soils
- Fast establishing
- Both a tap and fibrous root
- Exceptional quality
- Provides consistent dry matter production in all seasons
- More growth in the summer and faster recovery in the fall
- Additional value, in terms of dry matter and quality, in a diverse range of farming systems
- Elevated mineral content
Plantain is a mineral rich perennial grazing herb that is high in protein, up to 23%. It is fast establishing and will be productive and persistent over a wide range of soils and climatic conditions because it has both a tap and fibrous root system. It adapts well to drier regions, less fertile soils, low pH, and heavy clay soils. It responds well to fertilizer, especially nitrogen. Digestibility, (80%), and energy levels, (12MJME), are high with lamb weight gains of 0.55 pounds. Plantain fits very well into grazing mixes and has excellent regrowth as well as very high digestibility.
Plantain is not recommended for sowing in monocultures but can be sown with a multiple grazing brassica at 4-6 lb./A; with a permanent pasture mix at 4-8 lb./A; and up to 10 lb./A as a specialist crop with legumes. It can be broadcast over existing pasture, no-tilled, or conventional drilled.
It is ready to be grazed when the leaf tears before the plant pulls out. Pre-emergent weed control is important as plantain is susceptible to broadleaf herbicides after emergence. It is ready to be grazed when the leaf tears before the plant is pulled out. Yield data shows over 6 tons of dry matter for well managed plantain.
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