Updated: Sep 28
Kikuyu in our environment only needs dribs and drabs of rain to stay green over summer, and it booms when there is a decent rain and the weather is still warm. Clover and ryegrass however, are in a precarious position if they germinate on a March rain with kikuyu waiting to suck all the water away from them.
From 13th March to 19th March, we received 39mm, and 18mm of that was on 15th March (by 8am on 14th to 8am on the 15th). Those moist days have started some clover germination and a fair bit of ryegrass germination. However, they will need frequent follow up rain in this hot weather to survive when they are living with kikuyu - a grass on steroids when it is happy. Not much rain is forecast in the coming week, but we will see how it survives.
As mentioned in the previous update, all but one mob and half the rams were put into containment for a few weeks to allow the clover and ryegrass to have a chance to get their roots down. The intention is to move them back onto the paddocks next week when the clover and ryegrass should be 2-3 leaves. Lots of clover has not germinated yet, so hopefully it will pop up on the next decent rain.
Some photo's in the recent days are below.