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Initiative 45

Improving productivity of rundown sown grass pastures

Sown pasture rundown in grass-only pastures reduces production by approximately 50% and will cost beef producers in northern Australia >$17 billion at the farm gate over the next 30 years. This rundown is caused by a decline in soil available nitrogen.

Research undertaken by Queensland Department of Agriculture, Fisheries & Forestry

What are we doing?

This project will increase the productivity of ageing sown grass pastures, primarily in southern and central Queensland, through an extension program to support landholders to assess and implement on-farm options to improve pasture productivity.  A coordinated R&D program to improve the reliability and performance of legumes in grass pastures will also be undertaken.

Timing:

September 2016

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