Spring and summer presents an opportunity to plant a forage crop for summer, autumn & winter feed. As part of your pasture management program, spring & summer crops can grow valuable feed at key times when pastures are of low quality or quantity.
- 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
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.
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.
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.
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Spring & Summer presents an opportunity to plant a valuable forage crop