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Stubble Turnips – Cotswold Seeds

November 2, 2012 by  
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www.cotswoldseeds.com Twitter – @CotswoldSeeds (twitter.com Facebook – www.facebook.com Subscribe to our YouTube Channel for more Cotswold Seeds Videos. Add a Fodder Brassica to the Rotation Fodder crops provide useful green forage when grass is restricted. They also make crop rotation work. Once the decision has been made to break up a ley or pasture, many farmers sow a brassica crop. These are not troubled by grass pests or diseases and thrive on the nitrate released by the decaying sward. Brassicas quickly produce a crop for grazing. Some farmers apply muck or fertiliser to the crop, making it as productive as possible. This feeds a larger number of livestock, so returning more dung to the soil, making the most of a very beneficial cycle. Reduce Feed Costs These short-term catch crops are sown in late spring or summer to provide valuable home-grown fodder for buffer feeding dairy cows or finishing lambs in autumn or winter when other sources of forage are limited. Turnips and rape grow quickly, needing just 10 weeks. Kale, swede and hardy turnip take a bit longer but are much more winter hardy and excellent for late winter grazing. All are highly beneficial break crops which reduce grassland weeds and pest attacks. Summer Feed for Dairy Cows Stubble turnips are palatable, energy-rich and offer dairy farmers the opportunity to fill a feed shortage over the summer. They can be direct drilled with a Moore Uni-Drill (or similar) into a recently silaged sward in May or June

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