Striking it lucky with aerially-applied clover
Regular autumn rainfall made for ideal conditions for clover seeds to strike on Hamish and Annabel Craw’s 422ha Banks Peninsula farm.
Timely rain combined with careful grazing management has allowed for good seed-set in both subterranean and white clovers on Hamish and Annabel Craw’s Banks Peninsula farm this summer.
The key to productive potential
As their tenure as B+LNZ Innovation Farmers comes to an end, the Craws believe their hill country has more productive potential than they ever thought possible.
Short-term pain for long-term gain
Beef + Lamb New Zealand Innovation farmers Hamish and Annabel Craw have been trialling the use of chemicals to increase the quality and quantity of pastures on uncultivable parts of their Banks Peninsula farm.
Chemistry drives hill country pasture quality
Through B+LNZ’s Innovation Farm programme, Hamish and Annabel Craw have been trialling the use of chemicals to allow clovers to flourish on the uncultivable areas of their Banks Peninsula hill country farm.
Setting up the subterranean clover system
The final of a three-part series on subterranean clover looks at the management challenges associated with growing this early-season clover.
Managing sub clover for success
The second story in our subterranean clover series focuses on the specific management requirements of this early season clover.
Sub clover: a valuable tool in dryland farm systems
B+LNZ investigates how sub clover can be managed to enhance productivity and profitability on dryland sheep and beef farms.
The potential of annual clovers
With the correct management, annual clovers can be some of the most valuable forages in a dryland forage system, says Dick Lucas from Lincoln University.
Clover unlocks hill country potential
Changes to grazing management has allowed resident subterranean clover to flourish on Wairoa’s Waiau Station. The challenge now for owners Dave Read and Judy Bogaard is to increase clover coverage and to use this clover to drive stock performance.
Spray treatment encourages clover
A chemical regime is showing promise in allowing existing clover to flourish on uncultivated hill country in Canterbury. The spray regime is being trialled as part of a B+LNZ Innovation Farm programme that aims to improve the quantity and quality of legumes grown on hill country.