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.
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