Grassland

Weidelgras als GrünfutterWe as farmers are using grass of many kind in different ways. It provides animal feed e.g. for cattle and horses. Futhermore we use it as green manure or catch crop.

But that’s not all. It also allows us to gain sustainable energy through the use as substrate in biogas plants.

It depends on the right variety!

It doen’t matter what you’re growing grass for, make sure you got the right variety.

It’s an important requirement to earn high yields and keep operating expenses down to rise the profit of your hard work.

 

Grass fodder crops
As roughage grass plays an important role in the nutrition of animals. With the right choice of grass mixtures you take care of healthy and productive cows to keep a high production performance.
Always remember: 70 % of the costs of milk production result from roughage. Therefore choosing suitable grass offers a possibility to optimize the cost-benefit ratio.

Always observe the following aspects:
•    dry matter yield per hectare
•    tolerance of rust and fusarium
•    sowing density per hectare

My recommendation for you:
Grass fodder mixture  ‘Inbos A1’: Composition of high yielding italian ryegrasses (short term use for one year)
Grass fodder mixture: ‘Pasturo A3’: Perennial grass mixture consisting of proven varieties of perennial, italian and hybrid reyegrass (long term use for 2 – 3 years)

 

Grass as substrate for biogas plants
Farmers who run biogas plants normally grow corn as a substrate. But  ‘Alkar’ energy-grass is a real alternative. This so called tall-wheatgrass is perennial, very high-yielding (up to 20 kg DM/ha in two cuttings) and provides  high gains of methane (beyond 350 nl/kg oDM).

My recommendation for you:
Alkar EnergyGras: high yielding tall-wheatgrass as substrate for biogas plants  

 

Grass as undersowing for corn
An undersowing provides many advatages:
•    it saves your valuable land from erosion
•    it keeps surplus nutrients for the following crop
•    it breaks up the soil with its well developed root system
•    it increases soil organic matter
•    it provides a better riding quality during harvest
•    its biomass can be used as substrate for biogas plants
•    and the best thing about it: it satisfies greening conditions

But it shall not reduce corn yields or require additional work.

Therefore my recommendation for you:
Cover crop ‘Proterra’: tall fescue mixture with special suitability for undersowing in corn

 

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