ForageMax is a Game Changer

Forage brassicas provide high quality feed in summer and autumn when pasture quality is low, and/or autumn and winter when pasture quantity is low. They provide quick and abundant feed, with high digestibility, energy, and protein that result in excellent livestock weight gains of 150-250 g/hd/day for lambs and/or 0.8-1.2 kg/hd/day for cattle. Forage brassicas are low cost to establish, can be used as part of a weed management program and can reduce the incidence of soil-borne plant diseases.

Due to an abundance of summer weeds, many of which have only been able to be managed with a plough, as well as infestations of diamondback moth, the areas sown to forage brassicas have been declining over the past few decades. This has added significantly to the cost of production as well as being an additional stress to farmers.

“There was nothing registered for any weed control in forage brassicas and it’s a big part of our cropping program now. We do a lot of lamb and cattle finishing, so it’s an important crop” advised Tasmanian agronomist Corey Hogarth from TP Ag.

This sentiment is shared by Tasmanian agronomist Dan Sutton, Roberts: “I know in my area there are whole cropping areas that just do not grow forage brassica because they know weeds are just going to take them out. And their fathers gave up growing forage brassicas because the weeds were going to take them out. Some areas haven’t grown forage brassicas for 40 to 50 years! In my area forage brassicas are very water efficient and are high quality. At the moment, we rely on iron-age technology, we use a plough shear, for weed control.”

ForageMax Herbicide with Arylex™ active from Dow AgroSciences was registered last year for use in forage rape and turnips. “ForageMax really opens up some opportunities for us and our clients. It’s a game changer really for us. We can potentially grow rape in situations where we wouldn’t consider it” advised Mr Hogarth.

Farmer Allan Condron from Gippsland did a trial with ForageMax earlier this year: “The brassicas did well - probably five times better than where we didn’t have any herbicide. It’s been very successful. We have that much feed I have to shift the electric fence every morning. These results would encourage me to grow forage brassicas again.”

Noel Carey, near Ballarat had a similar experience: “Forage Max gave an incredible clean out, it all worked very well. We certainly got a marvellous crop of turnips in a pretty trying year. It was fabulous. It didn’t necessarily kill them right out, in patches it certainly did, but you would have thought it had anyway. ForageMax stunted the fat-hen enough that the turnips totally dominated then. I was quite rapt with it actually. ForageMax was really marvellous. I will most definitely be growing turnips again, with ForageMax.”

ForageMax:

• Controls key broadleaf weeds.
• Has a single, low use rate of 100 mL/ha.
• It is easy to tank mix
• Is compatible with a range of grass herbicides and insecticides, including Success Neo Insecticide, which will allow you to control diamondback moth in the same application.
• Has a short grazing withholding period of 14 days.
• Has established re-cropping intervals
• Is rainfast in 3 hours.
• Has an easy tank clean-out process.