This annual mix combines cereals, millet and brassicas. It can be sown as stand alone game cover and to warm up blocks of maize by sowing alongside the edge.
Suitable soils: This mix can be sown from early May to early July.
How to sow: A well worked weed-free seedbed is required. Aim to create several flushes of weeds which can be sprayed off or cultivated before sowing.
Drill the seed mix at 10-15 mm depth. This mix can be sown on wide rows to allow game birds to move through the cover or in arrow rows to create a denser block of cover.
Management: Sow by early July to ensure the cover has established by the autumn.
Nutrient requirements: Game crops require P and K levels to be ADAS Index 2 and benefit from 20-50 kg N/ha in the seedbed or an application once established. Alternatively, the site should be spread with FYM before sowing in the spring.
*The brassica element of the mixture is susceptible to flea beetle damage*
Date Posted: 20th January 2023