Many of the region's farmers have not seen significant sub-clover pastures since the very wet winter and spring of 2016.
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However, with autumn's rainfall and ample sunlight getting through to seedlings, a sea of sub-clover is growing.
So what do we do with this abundance of clover? Should we just sit back and watch it grow? Can we do something to benefit our business and soil health in years to come by managing this year's bounty?
Let's assume that we want to explore the later question.
Things you can do now:
Longer term, we need to start calculating the cost of inadequate soil health.
There may be a tendency to focus on the per hectare cost of the various inputs to correct or maintain soil health.
However, the far greater cost could be the lost opportunity of not running as much livestock and utilising the extra pasture grown in a healthy soil.
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