Growing A High-Quality Winter Feed.
Forage brassicas are a valuable tool for meeting the changing feed and energy requirements of a livestock operation throughout the year. They can provide high-quality winter feed to carry stock numbers during winter while pasture production is at its lowest and reduce your dependence on bought-in feed such as baleage. Forage brassicas can be used as an excellent lead-in for re-grassing and reducing pugging in winter pastures.
When planting you should also consider what animals will be grazing the crop. Swedes and rape are easily utilized by all classes of stock, however, you should choose a shorter-height kale for sheep. Swedes, turnips, rape and kale all have different sowing dates and crop maturity requirements. You should also consider what kind of supplements you’ll need to have available for grazing stock.
Farmlands Agronomist, Michael Bennet talks to REX host Dominic George that forage brassicas are able to fill that gap in reduced crop production through the colder months of the year. Listen online.
With the widest weed spectrum of herbicides registered in forage brassica, Milestone™ has the most challenging scenario's covered, whilst also providing a high level of crop safety. Milestone helps deliver healthy crops and higher yields.
Use Transform™ for the control of aphids and other insect pests in wheat, barley, forage brassicas and vegetable crops. Transform provides fast knockdown and cessation of feeding to limit crop damage and spread of viruses.
Korvetto™ - Get more flexibility with this innovative herbicide which includes the Arylex™ active delivering greater freedom to operate.
- Short plant-back for flexibility in crop rotations
- Best-in-class control of shepherd’s purse and fumitory
- Excellent crop safety to key forage brassica varieties
- Built-in MSO adjuvant for ease of use – no need for wetting agents.
Controls: Fumitory, Shepherd’s Purse, Fathen, Nightshades. Californian and other thistles will be supressed.
Sparta™ - The trusted insecticide that’s safer for the applicator and the environment, with little impact on natural enemies of key pests in forage brassicas.
- Novel mode of action with no record of resistance
- Exceptional control of key pests
- Safe for the end user, the environment, and most beneficial insects
- Photo stability and translaminar activity confer good residual activity.
Controls: Diamondback Moth Caterpillar, White Butterfly Caterpillar, Leaf Miner, Looper Caterpillar, Springtails, Nysius (suppression).
Growing a productive Brassica crop such as kale, rape, swedes and leaf or bulb turnips can be hard work. Nufarm has a range of crop protection solutions to help you get the best out of your crops.
In spring, spray out your existing vegetation with CRUCIAL® and Pulse® Penetrant. Any established weeds from the previous crop will be difficult to control in the forage brassicas. Prevent them becoming a problem with an effective spray out programme.
Following sowing, Director® can be applied, prior to brassica and weed emergence to control the following weeds difficult to control weeds such as speedwell, shepherd’s purse and twincress. Other weeds controlled are: barnyard grass, chickweed, henbit, sow thistle, summer grass, wireweed, cleavers, cornbind, groundsel, and portulaca.
Following crop emergence, controlling broadleaf weeds prior to canopy closure reduces competition for light and nutrients. Archer® 750 and Prestige® can be used over all forage brassicas while Kamba® 750 is safe for kale only. SeQuence® can be used to control grass weeds with its preferred adjuvant Bonza® Gold.
Keep an eye out for slug damage during the emergence phase of the brassica. Apply SlugOut® at 10-15 kg/ha.
For all agchem products, always consult the label before use.
- Sowing Rate 4 kg/ha
- High yielding, intermediate-height kale
- High leaf-to-stem ratio with very good late winter leaf percentage
- Excellent crop utilisation due to selection for soft stems
- Very good winter hardiness and excellent pest and disease tolerance
- Only Cleancrop™ combines the power of broad-spectrum herbicide Telar® and plants bred to resist it.
This high-quality compound fertilizer is particularly suited for use in the forage brassica market and is formulated to deliver the three nutrients most important for a high-yielding, healthy brassica crop - nitrogen, phosphorus and boron. As Cropzeal Boron Boost is a compound fertilizer, nutrients are distributed evenly through the crop, promoting better growth and health.
It is important to take a soil test early and get a fertilizer recommendation that is right for your crop.
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