Barsica Rape from Barenbrug and Byron seeds is a tall variety with high yields and one of your most leafy varieties.
- Tall variety with high yields
- Frost and disease resistant
- Ready to graze in 10 weeks
Barsica Rape sees most usage as ’emergency forage’ in drought years, but can be used to provide forage any time from spring through winter. Early maturing Barsica Rape can be ready to graze in as few as 70 days. The diversity in Barsica Rape is a strength we can use on most farms to provide excellent forage in specific times of the year.
Barsica Rape can be planted late spring to early fall. Allow at least 70 days of growth before you plan to use the forage. For multiple grazings, plant in late spring. Plant in the early fall for single late fall or early winter grazing, similar to stockpiling fescue. Barsica Rape can be no-tilled or drilled into firm seedbed in conventional tillage and should be seeded at 1/4 to 1/2 inch deep. Weed pressure needs to be suppressed for up to two weeks after emergence. Seed can be broadcast and incorporated by cultipacking. Barsica Rape will smother out most weeds once they are established. Barsica Rape can be successfully no-till seeded at a lower rate into established pastures. Barsica Rape are not well adapted to wet or poorly drained soils.
Since Barsica Rape is very high in crude protein and energy and low in fiber, animals may need some roughage in the form of dry hay or mature pasture if they are eating pure stands of brassicas. Mixing Barsica Rape with oats or sudangrass can solve the problem as well. Excessive fertilization of both nitrogen and potassium should be avoided. Usually 50 units of N is enough to grow a wonderful crop of brassicas. They are very good at recycling nutrients left by previous crops. A good practice is to prevent Barsica Rape consumption in dairy animals two hours prior to milking to prevent off-flavors in the milk.
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