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Pallaton Raphno

Agronomic performance

Grazing flexibility

Graze Pallaton as early as 56 days after sowing (DAS), to maximise crop utilisation and regrowth potential. A spring sown crop when sown into warm soil temperatures should aim to be grazed from 56DAS and finished within 30-40 days. Autumn sown Pallaton into decreasing soil temperatures may be longer to first grazing. Aim to start at 25cm. Pallaton does not have a specific maturity requirement.

Water use efficiency

38% increase in water use efficiency (WUE) relative to Goliath® forage rape. Featuring a sizeable taproot, Pallaton can be tolerant to drought once established.

WUE is extremeley inportant for Australian farmers during a dry spring/summer as once established and under drought/heat pressure - Pallaton offers similar nutrition compared to a forage rape, but has the potential to offer higher dry matter yields per hectare per unit of water.

Grazing canola (L), Pallaton (M) and Forage rape (R).

Aphid tolerance

32% increase in Aphid tolerance relative to forage rape. Pallaton also has a higher level of tolerance to Cabbage White Butterfly and Diamondback Moth. Forage rape (L) and Pallaton (R) under Aphid pressure. Both plants have had identical treatment and are in side-by-side plots.

Forage rape (L) and Pallaton (R)

Feed quality averages

Pallaton produces high quality stock feed but it is important to remember to feed extra fibre prior to and while grazing Pallaton, and feed as part of a balanced diet" 

Pallaton is highly digestible, and does not contain much ‘effective fibre’. Offer animals a source of fibre while grazing crops, and ensure the fibre source is good quality.

High yielding

14% increased yield advantage relative to Goliath® forage rape in a multi-graze system (total cumulative yield from repeat harvests)

See figure 1 below for yield increase.

Persistence under multiple grazings

Pallaton has excellent regrowth potential and has the ability to persist for up to 5+ grazings over a 12 month period under ideal conditions and with recommended management. This helps farmers achieve high weight gains per hectare in comparison to a forage rap (where farmers can expect 2+ grazings).

In autumn, this means that when cereals and canola are locked up and unavailable for grazing, autumn sown Pallaton can produce high quality feed for multiple grazings (increase in ME and crude protein compared to cereals).