As part of your pasture management program, forage crops can grow valuable feed at key times when traditional pastures are of low quality or low quantity. Forage crops available from Notman Pasture Seeds include Top Crop Forage Blends, Chicory, Plantain, Forage Brassicas, Turnips, Kale, Fodder Beet, Pallaton Raphnobrassica, Millet and Sorghum.
- Cost effective source of dry matter compared to ‘bought in feed’
- Produce large quantities of feed for a relatively low cost of production
- Be grazed where they are grown, eliminating additional costs associated with hay, silage and grain
- Break the perennial weed cycle using non-selective herbicides leading to more productive pastures
TOP CROP SUMMER FORAGE BLENDS
Tankard type have exceptionally high yield potential from a single graze, good leaf to bulb ratio, and range from early maturing turnips ideal for summer feed to late maturing turnips which provide autumn, early winter feed. Later maturing turnips can be ultilised in areas where growing feed in winter months is difficult.
Leafy turnips are generally a multi-graze option with a very low ripening period. Leafy turnips offer quick spring, summer and autumn feed with the potential of providing up to 3-4 grazings. They are more prone to stress during summer than forage rapes as they have a less prominent tap root.
Forage rapes provide leafy, high quality feed which require a longer maturity time than hybrid leafy turnips.Forage rapes generally grow more dry matter from each grazing than leafy turnips and offer multiple grazing opportunities if moisture is available.
Kale is a late autumn/winter feed that delivers a single graze option in May to August. Generally the taller the kale, the higher the dry matter yield, but leaf-to-stem ratio does fall with taller kales. Kale has a deep root system and therefore good drought tolerance once established and can be grazed at any time.
A crop and weed management solution all in one. Cleancrop combines the power of a broad spectrum herbicide, and 4 new brassica seed cultivars bred to be resistant to the sulfonyurea herbicide Telar.
SORGHUM & MILLET
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Spring & Summer presents an opportunity to plant a valuable forage crop