Game Cover Straights

A range of game cover crops that can be sown out as straight or mixed together to combine desirable characteristics. Each have their own strengths with some offering cover and others a feed source at different times of the season. When deciding on an appropriate cover it is pivotal to match the crop to the site with sowing date, duration, cover, and feed all taken into account.

All Game Cover Straights Varieties

White Mustard

A fast growing short lived brassica. Ideal for establishing on sites where first sowing has failed.
Duration
1 year
Cover
Winter Food Source
Sowing Rate (Kg/Acre)
3
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Fodder Radish

A very fast establishing catch crop which is ideal for Scotland. Seed pods are a useful food source in year one.
Duration
1 year
Cover
Winter Food Source
Sowing Rate (Kg/Acre)
3
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Phacelia

A very fast growing plant that offers good ground cover and good N holding abilities. Attractive flowers are often covered with bees and other insects.
Duration
1 year
Cover
Winter Food Source
Sowing Rate (Kg/Acre)
4
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Buckwheat

A fast growing and vigorous plant. Very good, rapid ground cover and flowers quickly.
Duration
1 year
Cover
Winter Food Source
Sowing Rate (Kg/Acre)
20
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Sunflower

Provides a good source of oil rich seeds for winter birds.
Duration
1 year
Cover
Winter Food Source
Sowing Rate (Kg/Acre)
12
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Borage

Blue star shaped attractive flowers provide a valuable nectar source for bees.
Duration
1 year
Cover
Winter Food Source
Sowing Rate (Kg/Acre)
10
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Linseed

A fast growing oilseed bearing crop with attractive flowers. A good source of winter feed for birds.
Duration
1 year
Cover
Winter Food Source
Sowing Rate (Kg/Acre)
20
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White Millet

A good source of winter feed for game cover and wild birds although difficult to successfully establish in northern UK.
Duration
1 year
Cover
Winter Food Source
Sowing Rate (Kg/Acre)
10
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Red Millet

Will provide a feed source and cover.
Duration
1 year
Cover
Winter Food Source
Sowing Rate (Kg/Acre)
10
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Reed Canary Grass

A tall perennial grass that is winter hardy and ideal for providing long term cover for game birds.
Duration
4-5 years
Cover
Winter Food Source
Sowing Rate (Kg/Acre)
2.5
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Gorilla

A fast growing Forage rape that gives good cover. Suitable for 1 year. Offers some club root resistance.
Duration
1 year
Cover
Winter Food Source
Sowing Rate (Kg/Acre)
3-4
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Redstart

A fast growing Rape/Kale Hybrid. Suitable for late sowing. Offers good cover.
Duration
1 year
Cover
Winter Food Source
Sowing Rate (Kg/Acre)
2-3
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Caledonian

A tall clubroot tolerant kale that will provide excellent cover. A valuable option on brassica sick sites and has very good winter hardiness
Duration
1 year
Cover
Winter Food Source
Sowing Rate (Kg/Acre)
2-3
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Keeper

A shorter kale variety that has excellent leaf to stem ratio and gives good ground cover
Duration
1-2 years
Cover
Winter Food Source
Sowing Rate (Kg/Acre)
2-3
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