As spring has arrived it's time to lock up the paddocks for hay and apply Booster fertilisers. Booster fertilisers combine nitrogen with other key nutrients essential for plant growth.

As well as increasing dry matter production, Booster fertilisers can help improve the quality of hay and silage produced. Consider the type of pasture or fodder being fertilised. Legumes require adequate potassium levels to thrive and persist in the pasture.

Apple Booster fertilisers in late winter and early spring 6-8 weeks prior to harvest, ideally prior to rain.

Hay Booster is available in bulk containers, bulka bags and 25kg bags

Common rates are: 100kg/ha



N 11.7%     P 4.7%     K 23.9%     S 4.6%


A specially blended NPKS fertiliser for hay paddocks and pastures with a higher legume content.

  • Best applied when closing up paddocks to bulk up the pasture quickly and grow better quality hay.
  • Excellent for boosting the growth of sub-clovers, because of potassium supplied.
  • Helpful in speeding up the recovery of pastures after cutting.

 If you would like more helpful information of Booster fertilisers please come in and speak to our friendly staff in store or give them a call. 

Redlegged Earth Mite



The redlegged earth mite (RLEM) is a major pest of pastures, crops and vegetables in South Australia. RLEM feed on all growth stages from seedlings to leaves and flowers, they have very short mouthparts and feed in the surface layers of the leaf, causing a silvering which can look like frost.

RLEM feeding can result in production loss throughout all stages of annual legume growth in pastures and crops. Seedlings are particularly vulnerable because they can be killed from this feeding and in annual legume growth will not be replaced.


Autumn sprays:

Controlling first generation RLEM before they have a chance to lay eggs is the only effective way to avoid the need for a second spray. Pesticides should be applied within three weeks of the first appearance of mites, before the adults begin to lay their eggs.

Spring sprays:

Research has shown that one accurately timed spring spray can significantly reduce populations of RLEM the following autumn. This approach works by killing the mites before they start producing eggs in mid-late spring and when there are no eggs left to hatch. Tools such as TIMERITE® can help farmers identify the optimum date for spraying in their area.

If you would like more information on RLEM control or an assessment of your property please ask one of our friendly staff in store. 



Snail Invasion?


                       Conical Snail                         Common White Snail


The common white snail and conical snail is a pest of crops and pastures in South Australia. Snails attack crop and pasture seedlings soon after germination in late autumn and over the winter.
Damage is usually irregular pieces missing from the leaf edges or the removal of cotyledons in broad leaved crops resulting in plant death. Damage can be difficult to see if seedlings are being chewed down to ground level as they emerge. Cereals often recover from early damage whereas some broad leaved crops can be totally killed. Snails contaminate pasture with their slime make it less palatable to stock. Livestock also reject feed which is heavily infested with these snails. They climb cereal and pasture plants and are harvested with the crop, increasing its moisture content and contaminating it with the decaying snail remains.

What to do? Bait them. We currently have snail bait in store ready to go, common rates are 5-10kg /ha depending on snail levels.

We have two options a non-water proof Meta and a water proof option in Slug Out,

We also offer a spreader to hire.

General Purpose Mini Spreader

Ideal for spreading

  • Snail Bait
  • Fertilisers
  • Pasture Seed
  • Mice Bait
  • Features

Easy to use, with laminated operating instructions
Designed for Ute, quad, truck or trailer mounting
Rear or side mounting, depending on application
Ideal for both small and large properties
Variable speed 12v electric motor
75 kg hopper capacity
Heavy duty construction
Made in South Australia