Winter Cover Crop - Late Sown Winter Cover - 70% ORGANIC
Sown just before or after the combine, this super quick mix covers the soil, fixes N while the weather is warm and picks up N that would otherwise be washed out of the soil. This mix will stay green and continue to grow until severe frosts. Please call for availability
|Contents per Acre
|certified TEANNA ORGANIC tet Italian ryegrass
|certified ALBEROBELLO ORGANIC crimson clover
|certified CABRI ORGANIC mustard
|certified IRIS fodder radish
|certfied APOLL ORGANIC fodder radish
|cerified Lilla phacelia
|certified DIAKON tillage radish
|certified AURORA alsike clover
|certified LASER persian clover
Also commonly known as oil radish, fodder radish is a brassica, it is not a legume but it will hold any residual nitrogen in the soil, which it will then release as it breaks down over time. This species is slower to flower and go to seed than mustard and produces a deeper root system.
This is a short lived grass lasting for two years. It is very high yielding and reliably provides up to 18t DM per hectare on soils that suit it. (All ryegrasses yield less on light soils, especially in low rainfall areas.) It has a very open growth habit with fewer tillers than other grasses. It is therefore better suited to cutting than grazing. Italian ryegrass has been the subject of plant breeding for many years, which means there are a wide range of varieties available commercially.
A legume species which is widely used across Europe. It is less common in the UK but can be a useful forage plant. This short term annual fixes nitrogen and is capable of rapid growth making it ideal for providing a quick boost to soil fertility where there is a window of 5-9 months. When in flower Persian clover has a particularly pleasing smell.
Tillage radish is a deep rooted brassica, used to improve soil structure. It has a deep rooting ability to break through compacted layers and plough pans, creating better drainage and air movement within the soil. Although originally utilised in the states, it has been used in the Uk for the last several years.