SFI Multi Species Cover Crop
This Multi species mixture will reliably produce more biomass than a monoculture. This is a highly diverse 8 way mix to maximise the benefits of structure, nutrient availability, water holding capacity and to enhance and improve soil micro biology. br>As with multi species forage swards, the enhanced diversity of this mix produces a wider range of plants above ground all harvesting sunlight to produce biomass and a variety of root shapes and sizes below ground.
|Contents per Acre||%||kg|
|certified Black Oats||13.3||1.200|
|certified fodder radish||5.6||0.500|
|certified W. Linseed||5.6||0.500|
|certified Tillage Radish||1.1||0.100|
Black oats are sometimes known as Japanese or bristle oats. They are similar in terms of their appearance to common oats, but are larger in size and deeper rooting. They are generally used as a soil improving crop or green manure. They may be especially useful if brassicas already form an important part of the rotation and subsequently cannot be used as a green manure.
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.
For many years linseed, as known as flax was an important component of fabric and linen yarn, it is also important because of its seeds, from which linseed oil is obtained. In the Uk linseed can be a component of game cover mixtures and over-winter wild bird seed mixtures.
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
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.