Autumn Sown Two Year Legume Fallow

Ref: MIXAB15

ELS/HLS/CSS Codes: AB15

This is another option for the new Countryside Stewardship Scheme. The mixture provides pollen and nectar for pollinators, and invertebrate chick food for farmland birds, as well as providing a useful blackgrass break. It should be cut at least twice during the first year to reduce blackgrass plants heading and seed shed. This mixture should be retained for 2 years.On dry, light land the perennial ryegrass could be changed to the more drought tolerant cocksfoot grass.

Persistence (0-10 Years)
               
Cutting Suitability (1-5)
     

Contents per Kg%kg
certified NIFTY perennial ryegrass66.00.66
certified late flowering red clover15.00.15
certified EARLY ENGLISH vetch12.00.12
certified LEO birdsfoot trefoil6.00.06
Lesser Knapweed (Centaurea nigra) wildflower1.00.01
Units AcHaKg

£5.96 / Kg

Sowing rate: 13.2kg/acre (33.0kg/ha)

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Legume

Birdsfoot Trefoil

Birdsfoot Trefoil is a legume, it grows from a basal crown, with numerous stems that can vary from prostrate to erect in growth habit. In some parts of the country it is called the 'eggs and bacon' plant.

Birdsfoot Trefoil Species Guide  Buy Birdsfoot Trefoil Straight

Legume

Late Flowering Red Clover

Red clover is one of the most popularly used true clovers in the UK. Once established its capable of rapid growth and shows reasonably good persistence up to three years, although ongoing breeding work is being carried out to increase plant persistence. The 'single cut' or 'late' strains of red clover, notably the diploid variety altaswede provide one large cut per season, flowering once per season, approximately 10 - 18 days later than the 'double cut' early strains.

Late Flowering Red Clover Species Guide

Wild Flower

Lesser Knapweed

Lesser knapweed is also known as common black knapweed. It is a competitive wild flower found throughout the UK and parts of western Europe, in old meadows and roadsides. It may be known as 'hardheads'.

Lesser Knapweed Species Guide

Grass

Perennial Ryegrass

Perennial ryegrass is the most commonly grown productive grass in the UK, used particularly for livestock grazing and forage. It has been the subject of plant breeding for over 60 years, ensuring there are a wide range of perennial ryegrass varieties available commercially.

Perennial Ryegrass Species Guide  Buy Perennial Ryegrass Straight

Legume

Vetch

Vetch is a well known legume also known as common vetch or tares. It scrambling, smothering growth habit and frost tolerance make it a very useful winter cover crop or green manure.

Vetch Species Guide  Buy Vetch Straight