SFI Multi Species Cover Crop

Ref: SFIMULTICC

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. 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.

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

Contents per Acre%kg
certified Rye33.33.000
certified Vetch33.33.000
certified Buckwheat11.11.000
certified Mustard7.20.650
certified fodder radish6.10.550
certified S. Linseed5.60.500
certified Phacelia2.20.200
certified Tillage Radish1.10.100

£18.95 / Acre

Sowing rate: 9.0kg/acre (22.5kg/ha)

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Buckwheat

This is a short term, aggressive weed suppressor. It is good at scavenging for phosphate in the soil, breaking it down and then making it available to subsequent crops after incorporation. It's especially useful in soils that suffer from phosphate lockup. With its quick growth, the plant can establish from seed in 8 - 10 weeks.

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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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Other

Linseed

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.

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Brassica

Mustard

Mustard is a rapidly growing, high biomass, nitrogen lifter for growing over the summer. It is one of the quickest growing, green manuring species and is very good at suppressing weeds.

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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

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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