An erect plantain, which in cooler months has semi-prostrate growth preventing overgrazing, flowers significantly later than Tonic. Trials show Hercules is the greatest dry matter (DM) yielding plantain. Hercules produces a long and fibrous root system allowing the plant to draw moisture and minerals from deep within the soil. It has higher anthocyanin levels which make the minerals and nutrients more available to the rumen.
Hercules Plantain was selected for vegetative structure, flowering date and dry matter production. It was bred from NZ and European ecotypes.
Key attributes of Hercules include:
- High dry matter yield
- Perennial forage herb
- Late Flowering
- Highly vegetative – even through the reproductive phase
- Highly palatable – even through the reproductive phase
- Deep tap root – increasing tolerance to dry conditions
- High feed quality
- High levels of key minerals (calcium, sodium, copper, selenium)
- Exceptional animal growth rates in summer and autumn
- High anthocyanin levels for increased stock health and performance
- Sowing Rate of 1 – 4 kg/ha in pasture of forage mix
- Sowing Rate of 5 – 10 kg/ha as a stand-alone crop