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Basic Guidelines for Growing Game Cover

wild-birdEstablishment of a successful game cover crop requires the same level of attention to detail that a conventional agricultural crop requires.

The siting of areas for game cover undoubtedly dictates which species of game cover crop will prove to be successful.  Brassicas (kale, rape, fodder radish and mustard) all dislike wet and compacted ground.  Kale is regarded as the mainstay of many good game crops however it can be challenging to grow successfully as like all Brassicas it needs fertile free draining soil and protection from grazing pests particularly in its early stage of growth.

CRITERIA TO CONSIDER:

  • Soil test: pH, phosphate, potash and clubroot if necessary.
  • Apply lime to achieve pH of 6.0-6.5
  • Apply adequate quantities of NPK fertiliser (crops such as kale are highly dependent on adequate nitrogen being applied).
  • Seedbed preparation: small seeds require a very fine tilth in order to germinate.

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