CHICO CHICORY - OUR TOP CHICORY SELECTION
Rocket fuel for livestock performance
OUR NUMBER ONE CHOICE FOR CHICORY
A high yielding, very high quality and leafy chicory showing fast establishment, rapid re-growth, strong insect resistance and good drought tolerance. Chico is noted for its strong summer, autumn growth providing high quality summer forage and making it ideal as a specialist summer crop for high livestock performance systems.
Add Chico to Top Crop Blends for flexible, reliable summer feed.
Produces highly nutritious feed from spring to later autumn
A true perennial, Grasslands Puna II delivers premium quality feed and high dry matter production from spring to late Autumn. The thick, deep taproot of Puna II Chicory giving very good drought tolerance once established.
Chicory is cool season dormant, but with high growth rates over spring, summer and autumn. Chicory should be rotationally grazed for best performance and persistence. Hard grazing, particularly after damage to the crown in wet conditions, may affect production and persistence.
SOWING & ESTABLISHMENT
Chicory should be sown no deeper than 10 mm. Seed may be broadcast or direct drilled under favourable conditions. Soil temperatures of 12 degrees celsius for spring sowings are recommended, however, early autumn sowing is possible, as long as the chicory has established before going dormant in the cool season.
Chicory is a deep-rooted broad-leafed perennial herb, which has proven to be an excellent source of high quality & yielding feed from late spring to late autumn. Chicory produces leafy top growth and has a thick, deep taproot—which can go down up to 1.5metres—giving it excellent drought tolerance and mineral extraction.
Chicory has good disease resistance, insect tolerance, along with tolerance to acidity and has been successfully grown in soils with low pH soils. It is important to identify what the chicory is required to supply in a pasture system before purchasing any varieties. Understanding whether a perennial type or a bi-annual type is needed must be the initial decision which should make the variety selection a little simpler.
KEY BENEFITS OF CHICORY
- Highly palatable forage
- Excellent feed source for high livestock growth rates
- Provides high quality feed through summer using summer rain, irrigation or stored soil water
- Able to produce high quality forage on acid soils
- Recovers quickly after grazing
- Does not cause bloat
- Can be used for silage production as part of a pasture mix.
With our calving pattern we have a big requirement for late summer and autumn feed, so Chico delivers a large amount of quality feed when we need it most. Chico give us the extra feed in autumn and assists us to create our own autumn break.