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TasCowboy 349963 244 Triticale either
Triticale crop, in ear. Longford, Tasmania, 1998.
for what use is this crop in Tasmania? For feed, or for seed and straw, or both maybe?
greetings from Holland
Triticale is a hybrid of wheat & cereal rye. It is used entirely for stockfeed (in either feedlot or poultry rations). Trit comes from triticum (Wheat) & cale (from Secale, meaning rye).
Some varieties can be grazed early on before shutting up for a grain harvest (referred to as dual purpose varieties).
The straw can be baled up & used for livestock feeding / bedding or for mulch (some goes to mushroom farms for their composting process here in Tasmania),
Greetings from Down Under in Australia :-)
Still dry in Down Under ?. I have heard the farmers there have no rain for a long time.
And a lot of farmers must sell their livestock because they
have nothing to feed.
Greeting from a wet Netherlands
Hello @nneS :-)
Yes, it is still dry here. Mainland Australia is worse off than us here in Tasmania (some places have been in drought for 2-3 years +). That said, it is unusually dry here in Tassie.
Our climate is usually reliable, in terms of rainfall but this season has been below average in terms of rain.
As a result of this, not alot of hay & silage have been made & some farmers havent been able to plant crops such as potatoes, carrots & beans due to lack of water suppy (for irrigation).
Hopefully some rain will arrive soon, to give some relief to irrigators & to help the firefighters throughout the country who are fighting bushfires at the moment (One local fire in Northern Tas has burnt out 7000 acres + & still burning).
Cheers from Down Under in Oz,
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