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Forage for Knowledge

The latest grass growth and quality figures can be found on our new interactive dashboard, along with the latest updates and resources.
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Average daily growth rates are up by 7.7 kg DM/ha to 29.1 kg DM/ha across Forage for Knowledge (FFK) contributor farms, but fall short of the growth seen at this time of year in 2018 and 2019. The highest growth rates – 46.5 kg DM/ha – are seen in East Staffordshire. ‘Magic day’ arrives for many this weekend, so most FFK contributors will be starting the second rotation round. Heat and rain is a common request across the country to lift off growth.

In some areas, ground is drying out rapidly and – after the heavy rainfall – soil has capped and grass is struggling to come through. Many are questioning the best option to break the cap. Assessing soil moisture level is the first step: if soil moisture is very limited, growth is likely to be minimal, even after breaking the cap. If soil moisture is adequate, grass harrowing can be beneficial, but beware of using this on new regrowth because it will affect yield. A long-term option is to encourage earthworm activity by applying organic matter. Remember to walk the grazing platfrom weekly, assess growth versus demand and consider options to fill the gap if needed, for example, feeding silage.

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