GB grass growth peaks in May

Thursday, 16 June 2022

Most places are likely now over peak grass growth, with the peak arriving in May rather than June this year. Beef and Sheep farms averaged 62.7kg dm/ha in the week beginning 30 May and Dairy farms averaged 91.3kg dm/ha week beginning 9 May. Peak values are above the 3-year average; however, growth appears to have dropped off more rapidly after peaking this year with beef and sheep and dairy farms now behind average values.

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Moisture is certainly starting to be short in some areas, following a very dry winter and spring, and with this week set to record temperatures up to 33°C in some places. Southern regions have been reporting better values than those in the north, with some reports that silage already collected is of a good quality. Concerns remain that if the dry, hot weather continues then future cuts may not make the same quality due to soil moisture deficits. There is also discussion on the difference in crops of those who have applied nitrogen fertilizer this year, and those who have not. For more information visit our AHDB grass webpages and sign up to our Forage for Knowledge weekly updates.

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