Kale

Always a good option giving large yields of winter hardy forage that is palatable to both sheep and cattle. It will benefit from a long growing season to reach its potential so should ideally be in the ground May or June. Moisture in the seed bed is essential to aid a fast germination and avoid potential issues with weeds or pests. It is a hungry crop, and it will thrive from being well fed throughout the season with a split nitrogen application of 65% at sowing and 35% when the crop is around 15cms tall. Care must be taken to avoid clubroot and should be grown after at least a 5-year break in brassica production to ensure they do not develop misshapen roots. If there is a shorter gap or a history of clubroot there are clubroot tolerant varieties available. It is always vital to observe the crop regularly particularly at the early vulnerable stage with flea beetle, slugs and pigeons all potential pests. The correct variety should be selected with thicker high yielding marrow stems perfect for cattle grazing and shorter varieties with higher leaf to stem ratio more appropriate for sheep grazing.
Best for late utilisation
Used for out-wintering systems
Second highest utilisable yield
Buffer feed for dairy cows during dry summers
Winter hardy
Higher yields than hybrid rape

Sowing Rates

Direct drilled - 2kgs/acre\nBroadcast - 3kgs/acre

Sowing Period

May to June

Utilisation Period

August to March

Kale
Dairy & Beef
Taller, thick-stemmed varieties with maximum yield potential
Sheep & Lambs
Leafy types with a shorter growing season

All Kale Varieties

Caledonian

A tall clubroot tolerant kale that will provide excellent cover. A valuable option on brassica sick sites and has very good winter hardiness
Type
Marrow Stem
Relative DM Yield %
103
Relative Fresh Yield %
107
DM Content %
13.8
Leaf:Stem Ratio
0.6
Plant Height (cm)
105
Winter Hardiness (9=Best)
5
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Bombardier

A variety with the potential to deliver high dry matter yields. Ideal for dairy, beef or lamb production. Bombardier is clubroot tolerant. Seed supplied untreated. Treated seed available, please enquire.
Type
Marrow Stem
Relative DM Yield %
100
Relative Fresh Yield %
105
DM Content %
13.5
Leaf:Stem Ratio
0.5
Plant Height (cm)
102
Winter Hardiness (9=Best)
5
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Keeper

A shorter kale variety that has excellent leaf to stem ratio and gives good ground cover
Type
Short
Relative DM Yield %
90
Relative Fresh Yield %
82
DM Content %
15.7
Leaf:Stem Ratio
1.2
Plant Height (cm)
85
Winter Hardiness (9=Best)
5
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Maris Kestrel

A good all rounder producing bulky digestible crops. The most popular variety for sheep. Seed supplied untreated. Treated seed available, please enquire.
Type
Short
Relative DM Yield %
100
Relative Fresh Yield %
100
DM Content %
13.9
Leaf:Stem Ratio
1.1
Plant Height (cm)
74
Winter Hardiness (9=Best)
4
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Crop Suitability

Dairy
Sheep
Graze in Situ
Zero Grazing
Beef
Pig
Ensile
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