We are rapidly heading towards the end of the growing season for winter crops which means that many farmers are on the lookout for late season frosts which could potentially cause damage to their crops. So how does a frost effect plants during the different growth stages?
We suspect that there was frost damage to flowering and milky cereal crops in Southern Qld and Northern New South Wales last week. For a host of reasons, frost typically effects moisture stressed crops more than non stressed crops. We strongly encourage growers to work with an experienced local agronomist to help determine the extent of damage; that is there area of expertise. Feed Central are expert hay marketers and we have many tips on how to maximise returns from frosted crops via hay, including cutting methods, bale weights, storage, pricing etc.