Journal article

Effect of nitrogen application on dry matter yields, nutritive characteristics and mineral content of summer-active forage crops in southern Australia

JL Jacobs, GN Ward



In the dryland areas of southern Australia, summer-active forage crops have been traditionally grown to provide additional home-grown feed during a period when pasture is often in short supply. Dry matter (DM) yields are often variable and the use of nitrogen (N) fertiliser is considered a viable option to increase such yields. The effect of applying N fertiliser to the summer-active species, forage brassica cv. Hunter (Brassica campestris L. × Brassica napus L.), forage brassica cv. Winfred (Brassica napus L.), turnips (Brassica rapa L. cv. Barkant), chicory (Chichorium intybus L. cv. Grouse), plantain (Plantago lanceolata L. cv. Tonic), sorghum sudangrass hybrid cv. Sweet Jumbo [Sorghum bi..

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Funding Acknowledgements

The authors acknowledge the Victorian Government, Dairy Australia, WestVic Dairy, Gipps Dairy and Murray Dairy for providing financial assistance for this study. We also wish to thank DemoDAIRY for the use of land on their farm to undertake the experiment. The technical support of Stewart Burch, Troy Jenkin, Rachael Ward, Kellie Rentsch and Robyn Bush are also acknowledged. In addition we thank Gavin Kearney for statistical advice.