Diverse Grazable Cover Crop
A great mix for a joint arable and livestock venture, the mix contains soil conditioning phacelia, fodder and tillage radish, combined with high protein vetch, forage rape and turnips improving palatability and liveweight gain for stock. N.B. Rye will be replaced with winter cereal if unavailable early in the season.
|Contents per Acre||%||kg|
|certified common vetch||27.5||3.300|
|certified crimson clover||0.4||0.050|
|commercial balansa clover||0.1||0.010|
|certified fodder radish||4.2||0.500|
|certified forage rape||3.3||0.400|
|certified stubble turnips||1.7||0.200|
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.
Also known as grazing or cereal rye, this is one of the most effective crops for reducing nitrogen leaching over the winter and it also has good early winter growth, making it one of the best winter green manures. It will also give the earliest spring growth, which may be used for clean early spring grazing. It should not be confused with Ryegrass, as this is a different species, with different characteristics
One of the most popular short term forage crops in the UK. Stubble turnips are quick to establish with a good level of protein, making them ideal to fatten livestock, especially lambs over the winter. Different varieties are available, from white fleshed round bulbs to pink and white coloured tankard shaped bulbs. The small seed and low sowing rate make them a very economical way of feeding livestock.