ABOUT SPSWelcome to the Stephen Pasture Seeds virtual world. We are proud to have provided unbiased advice and the highest quality seed to the rural industry since 1957.
We offer a vast range of Australian researched products to suit all farming enterprises including ryegrasses, lucerne, clovers, brassicas, herbs, custom pasture blends and even lawn and bird seed.
You name it we have it and via our extensive network of rural stores we are your One Stop Seed Shop.
We are proud to continue our family business heritage with focus on customer service and our proud rural industry credentials.
Technical LeadershipStephen Pasture Seeds (SPS) has one of the most experienced team of pasture seed technical advisers in Victoria, Tasmania and South Australia.
We continue our commitment to providing the best independent technical advice and the highest quality seed available to enable farmers to achieve their production requirements weather can affect pasture production, but seed selection or quality should not.
To assist your technical analysis our website includes a description, features and photos of our vast product range.
We enjoy assisting rural people in their business endeavours by providing the seeds of prosperity. Please utilise the contact section of this website or ring our experienced technical advisers on 03 5335 8055, we are only too happy to help.
Integrity and ResearchOur advisers only recommend products that have been proven in Australia and more specifically in Victorian and South Australian conditions. This feature is supported by ongoing investment in the research of seed breeding and seed treatment.
Our commitment to whats on the tag is in the bag is supported by membership and hence compliance with the Australian Seed Federation codes of practice for marketing and seed treatment.
Our investment in seed treatment and mixing facilities further adds value in supplying the highest quality products to farmers.
We aim to provide the best advice and products to deliver the seeds of prosperity to your business endeavours.
Regards & Best Wishes
The team at Stephen Pasture Seeds
Early summer has been hot and dry across most regions which is impacting on summer feed supplies. A lack of rain and irrigation water over the last eight weeks has reduced the amount of summer grain crops sown. Crops, especially dryland crops like sorghum are down which will impact on livestock feed supplies as we move through summer. In many instances spring sown brassica crops are struggling with the dry conditions and insect pressure. Pasture and stock water supplies are dwindling across many regions, whilst others have not had any respite from ongoing drought conditions.
Pasture species like continental tall fescue, the grazing bromes and prairie grasses are species that can handle higher summer temperatures unlike ryegrasses that can cease growth around 30 degrees. They can respond rapidly to rainfall or irrigation and provide quality feed. Hay is also an option when demand is going to be high within the dairy and feedlot industries.
Planning should begin to focus on early autumn forage and crop options. Early sowing and higher seeding rates are critical to the success of autumn forage and crops, not only to produce quicker feed but also to compete with any weed issues. A dry spring and then substantial early harvest rain has impacted on both seed harvest and seed quality of many crop and pasture species. Germination, seed vigour and freedom from seed borne disease and weeds are important considerations. It is important to remember that high quality seed is one of the basic building blocks for both crop and pasture management, and it usually does not cost as much in the long run as bargain seed.
Sungold Field Days
10-12 February 2016, Allansford VIC
Wimmera Machinery Field Days
1-3 March 2016, Horsham VIC
South East Field Days
18-19 March 2016, Lucindale VIC
Farmworld Field Days
7-10 April 2016, Warragul VIC
East Gippsland Field Days
29-30 April 2016, Bairnsdale VIC
5-7 May 2016, Tasmania