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19-Jan-2015
Hummer MaxP stretches out the growth curve

Hummer MaxP at Torrumbarry, Northern Victoria

Hummer MaxP stretches out the growth curve

> Summer active soft leaf fescue
> Fine soft leaf characteristics
> Mid heading type

Temperate fescues are summer active perennial grasses with a main growing season from October through to April. This makes them an extremely valuable pasture species. The grazing and irrigation management of temperate fescue will vary depending on soil types.

Rotationally grazing then irrigating Hummer MaxP throughout summer allows it to be easily managed.

Fescue has the ability to grow in a wide variety of soil types and can be utilised by dairy, beef and sheep. Torrumbarry dairy farmer Tim McGillivray has found Hummer MaxP to be definitely quicker to establish compared with other varieties. Tim also found it offered more cool season growth than previously seen with other varieties.

To discuss the many benefits of soft leaf fescues call Kober today.

Kober Consulting - Invigorate Ag

Jono, Sam & Chris of Kober Consulting

Kober Consulting - Invigorate Ag

> Farm/Crop Planning
> Gross Margin Analysis
> Weed/Disease/Pest Scouting
> Broadacre and pasture

Kober now offers a broadacre agronomic consulting service. Kober Consulting draws on extensive experience in the rural business sector as well as employing leading agribusiness advisors and analysts. Kober Consulting has worked across a range of industries and locations involved in primary production. We provide consulting services to all levels of agriculture from small, intense irrigation operations to large, broadacre family farms, financial institutions and corporate agribusiness enterprises.

To learn more about this service contact Sam Toulmin on 03 5480 7087 or 0427 344 446.

Training Tour Newcastle – Nov 2014

Training Tour Newcastle – Nov 2014

> Farm/Crop Planning
> Gross Margin Analysis
> Weed/Disease/Pest Scouting
> Broadacre and pasture

Kober is committed to providing you with the most accurate and informed advice. We help you make the best decisions possible to increase the profits in your operation. As part of this commitment our staff are always given the opportunity to attend research updates and trips as they arise. In November 2014 Jono and Chris attended a 3 day tour in the Hunter Valley of NSW with Seed Force to look at different dairy and beef systems, and assess the way different pasture species were used in different situations. A stand out from the trip was the use of fodder beet in high energy grazing systems.

Call Jono or Chris today to discuss whether they could work for you!

Jono inspecting a 126 day old fodder beet crop

Custom pasture seed blending

Custom pasture seed blending

Kober has the ability to custom blend seed in-store to provide you with the highest quality mixes to maximise the profitability of your pastures. As we stock over 100 lines of seed, a custom blend can be created in store for you at short notice. Seed mixing in-store means you pick up your custom blends ready to go in the seeder, knowing that they have been blended with thoroughness and attention to detail.

The uniformity and consistency of our blends means you will get an even pasture right across your paddock.

We would like to introduce Dustin Turner who joined Kober full-time in February 2014. Dustin started as a casual employee in August 2012, progressing to full-time after he completed his VCE at St Josephs College. He is currently completing a Certificate III in Rural Operations and next year plans to continue working at Kober while completing his Diploma in Agriculture and Agronomy.

Dustin’s thoroughness and attention to detail is integral to providing you with quality custom pasture blends. Dustin, along with the other agronomists, can assist you in creating custom blends formulated specifically for your individual needs. We blend what you want and your farm needs!

Dustin Turner joins Kober

Days required for germination

Days required for germination

Days required for germination by tall fescue and perennial ryegrass seed at different soil temperatures.

  Perennial ryegrass


  Tall fescue


Farah Faba Beans

Jono in a crop of Faba Beans at Bunnaloo

Farah Faba Beans

> Grain Legume
> Suited to Irrigation
> Profitable break crop

If you are looking for a highly profitable break crop for irrigated paddocks look no further than Farah Faba Beans. Faba beans are the most waterlogging-tolerant grain legumes and are suited to red brown earths, black earths, grey clays and loams. They have been extremely profitable over the last two seasons with gross margins of $1000 to $1500/ha. They fix valuable nitrogen for use by subsequent crops and provide a disease break from cereals.

CalSap®

A premium, soluble liquid calcium source

Calsap continues to improve plant production and farm profit by providing a premium source of plant-available calcium. Soluble calcium is vital for plant root growth as well as a variety of important plant functions. Calsap applications have proven to create larger, healthier root systems that are essential to maximising plant growth. Lockington lucerne producer, Leigh Kimber says “By using Calsap the quality and quantity of lucerne increases, along with the overall health of the plant”.

SF Force 11 - OFF THE SCALE!

Chris in a new stand of SF Force 11 at Nannella

SF Force 11 - OFF THE SCALE!

> Best disease package
> Highest winter activity available
> Only 11 on the market

SF Force 11 is a new lucerne with excellent winter activity, coupled with a great disease and pest package. This creates a highly-productive lucerne that will not disappoint. It is well suited to short-phase dry land operations and intensive cutting and grazing under an irrigation system. It can enable higher yields of high quality lucerne at times where more dormant varieties may struggle.

Call now, limited supply available.

5 tips for establishing irrigated lucerne

  1. Plan well ahead. Growing a suitable crop the season before sowing down.
  2. Conduct an independent soil test in advance to ensure the soil is suitable.
  3. Match your preparation program to your soil type & paddock history.
  4. Always sow in to a weed-free, cultivated seed bed, using a pre-emergent herbicide and appropriate starter fertiliser.
  5. Seek advice. Select a variety that suits what YOU wish to achieve. Different varieties have different attributes.

Proper preparation prevents poor production, call us today!

Autumn News 2015

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