Bareno pasture brome is a standout persistent pasture for summer dry free-draining soils. In these situations it is more persistent than perennial ryegrass, is palatable, high yielding and legume-friendly. Bareno can be rotationally grazed or set stocked with better late spring quality and summer growth.
Bareno is slower to establish than ryegrass. If you spend a little extra time on correct sowing and early management, you'll be rewarded with good dry matter results. Cultivation ensures a fine, well compacted, weed-free seedbed to allow correct seed depth and soil moisture retention for fast germination. Direct drilling has proven to be very successful. This fits well with summer fallow management.
A summer fallow prior to late summer/early autumn sowing is the recommended best practice to establish Bareno pasture in dry areas. This allows moisture to be carried from the spring through to sowing ensuring good results even in dry autumns. Prepare paddock by spraying out or cultivating in spring (Oct/Nov) before pastures dry out. If there is a further weedstrike, spray/cultivate lightly again before drilling.
Bareno is best sown when soil temperatures are above 12 C, during late summer or early autumn. This gives plants time to adequately establish before winter. Its establishment is much slower in cool conditions. Sow seed shallow, at 10 - 20 mm. Take care when drilling - the seed may not flow well through some drills.
Bareno should not be overgrazed in its first year to allow plants to fully establish. Bareno can set seed quickly so growth needs to be kept under control in late spring. However seed heads are much more palatable than those of other pasture grasses.
In dry summer conditions, Bareno pastures should not be bared out (although they will tolerate this better than ryegrass). Post-grazing covers of 3- 4 cm will ensure persistence and regrowth through summer. Remember the plant's reserves in grasses are above the ground (not in the roots).