Diverse Grazable Cover Crop

Ref: MIXGCC

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.

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

Contents per Acre%kg
certified vetch27.33.000
certified diamente rye62.06.820
certified Interval hybrid rape2.70.300
certified stubble turnip1.40.150
certified stubble turnip1.40.150
fodder radish4.60.500
certified tillage radish0.10.010
certified crimson clover0.30.030
certified phacelia0.40.040
Units AcHaKg

£17.48 / Acre

Sowing rate: 11.0kg/acre (27.5kg/ha)

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Legume

Crimson Clover

An annual legume and true clover, traditionally sown in the south east of England for over-winter sheep keep.

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Brassica

Fodder Radish

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.

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Brassica

Kale/Rape Hybrid

This is a hybrid or cross of two separate brassica parent plants, the kale plant and forage rape. The resulting hybrid has the quick speed of establishment of forage rape and the winter hardiness of kale. There are several varieties available on the market. We generally stock the variety Redstart, however Swift is a sister variety with similar attributes.

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Other

Phacelia

Phacelia is a rapidly growing, high biomass plant. It is a nitrogen holder and weed suppressor. Its eye catching purple flowers are particularly good at attracting bees and other beneficial insects.

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Cereal

Rye

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

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Brassica

Stubble Turnip

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.

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Brassica

Tillage Radish

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.

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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.

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