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.
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The team at Stephen Pasture Seeds
The improved conditions being experienced across many regions and a better outlook going forward provides a good platform for the sowing of spring pasture forage crops suitable for hay and silage and brassica crops for finishing lambs.
August/September is ideal for sowing of both irrigated and dryland lucerne. Dryland sowings should be confined to areas that have good moisture profiles and generally have more favourable spring conditions.
With most regions experiencing the coldest winter for many years on farm fodder supplies have been depleted. Sowing of mixes suitable for silage and hay on the Tablelands can be used to replenish these supplies. Suitable mixes include oats and field pea or oats and vetch. Some annual clovers such as Viper Balansa and Arrotas Arrowleaf can also be added to these mixes. The inclusion of the legumes provides some nitrogen fixation but the major benefit is in improved silage and hay quality.
Producers shouls also remember that most silage and hay additives are designed to try to maintain the quality of of forage coming from the field. In addition, known good management practices at the pits should be emphasised even with the use of various silage additives. Additives may allow hay to be baled at higher moisture contents without spoilage.
Soil temperatures have the biggest influence on when late spring sown forage crops such as sorghums and millets and legumes such as soybean, cowpeas and lab lab can be sown. The addition of legumes like cowpeas or herbs such as chicory or plantain to millets can significantly improve feed quality and animal performance. Monitor soil temperatures to determine when the earliest plantings can occur for sorghums and millets.
Spray-topping is a management technique used in early spring to prevent and/or reduce seed set with problem grasses in pastures such as barley grass, brome grass and Vulpia spp (silver grass). Other benefits can improve spring feed quality. The timing of chemical applications is critical to achieve good results so monitoring for seed head emergence is important.
South Gippsland Dairy Expo
23-24 September 2015, Korrumburra VIC
Elmore Field Days
6-8 October 2015, Elmore VIC