The Fodder Crops Collection


Sowing fodder crops between grass crops can be a cost effective way to fill forage gaps.  Fodder crops are also a good break crop option by breaking the pest cycle of the likes of frit fly, leatherjackets and slug activity.

Different fodder crops can provide quality strip grazing from June through to March.  This can help suppliment summer grazing, extend autumn grazing or support out-wintering systems.

Germinal have a good brassica growers guide to help match fodder crop to your requirements.  To download go to https://germinal.co.uk/catalogues/

 

CROP TYPE

 

Seed Rate kg/Ha Sowing Period Sowing to Utilisation interval Utilisation Period Out-Wintering Potential

Kale

5-7.5 May to late June 20 Weeks November to February High

Swede, Natural

Swede, Graded

2.5

0.5

Mid-May to late June 20 Weeks December to March High

Hybrid Brassica, Single Graze

5 - 7.5

Mid-June to late August 10 Weeks September to January High

Forage Rape, Single graze

5 - 7.5

May to late August 8 Weeks August to November Limited

Multigraze brassicas, Hybrid Brassica/Grazing Turnip

5 - 7.5

May to Mid-June 8 Weeks Mid Jult to January Moderate

Stubble Turnip

 

5

March to August 12 Weeks August to December Low

Source: Germinals GB's Brassica Growers Guide, to download see link above table

Ideal Field Conditions

  • Avoid heavier soils for out wintering
  • Minimum of 5 years since last brassica/fodder crop to minimise clubroot
  • Avoid steeply sloping sites
  • Clear of wind blocks for good airflow for rapid drying i.e woodland
  • No threat to water courses

Making The Most of Your Reseed

Plan your reseeding strategy in advance to ensure you have the correct timelines of critical management practices.  It is best to test the soil 6 months before reseeding this lets you check soil indices and give you time to rectify soil pH issues.  It is best practise to address any soil compaction issues before reseeding.  Also, identify any weeds in new swards