Forage Rape & Hybrids

Fast growing forage crop that will grow on a variety of soil types. It has a flexible sowing period that can be tailored for when it is needed to be utilised with it generally reaching maturity within 12-14 weeks. Not as winter hardy as kale or swedes and will generally suit being fed pre-Christmas. Its deep rooting nature makes it an excellent pioneer crop that can be direct drilled or sown onto a fine firm seedbed. All the fertilisers should be sown at time of sowing, but a top dressing of nitrogen can be applied if the crop looks hungry. 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. Due to its vigorous nature if it goes in in good conditions it is less effected by pests, but the crop should still be regularly monitored. It is a cost-effective way of fattening lambs or flushing ewes but can also be used to feed cattle
Hardy, can grow on poorer soils & exposed sites
Can also be lightly grazed by cattle
Fast growing
Ideal for fattening lambs or flushing ewes
Flexible sowing period
pH of 6-6.5 ideal

Sowing Rates

Direct drilled - 2-3kgs/acre
Broadcast - 3-4kgs/acre

Sowing Period

May to August

Utilisation Period

September to February

All Forage Rape & Hybrids Varieties

Gorilla

It is a dark green dwarf variety that has a higher than average DM which leads to high total dry matter yields. Its shorter status presents a very palatable crop that is easy to fence for strip grazing. It is a valuable option if clubroot may be an issue as it has good tolerance. Seed supplied untreated.
Type
Short
Relative DM Yield %
104
Relative Fresh Yield %
96
DM Content %
14.1
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Hobson

Highly digestible variety with good standing power and mildew resistance. Seed supplied untreated. Treated seed available, please enquire.
Type
Short
Relative DM Yield %
107
Relative Fresh Yield %
102
DM Content %
13.7
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Swift

A very aggressive growing variety that will present a fast and reliable forage option. Consideration must be taken into sowing and utilisation dates as can become quite fibrous if not grazed on time. Seed supplied untreated.
Type
Short
Relative DM Yield %
111
Relative Fresh Yield %
115
DM Content %
12.5
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Redstart

Can be utilised in 70-90 days, fast establishment (can be sown the latest out of all the hybrids). Seed supplied untreated.
Type
Short
Relative DM Yield %
93
Relative Fresh Yield %
93
DM Content %
13
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Crop Suitability

Dairy
Sheep
Graze in Situ
Zero Grazing
Beef
Pig
Ensile
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