Barenbrug Brasica Rape is often used as emergency forage in drought years, but it can be used to provide forage any time from spring through winter. Early maturing forage rapes, such as Brasica, can be ready to graze in as few as 45 days. The persity in Brasica Rape is a strength we can use on most farms to provide excellent forage at specific times of the year.
Brasica Rape Seed can be planted late spring to early fall. Allow at least 45 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. Brasica Rape Seed can be no tilled or drilled into a firm seedbed in conventional tillage and should be seeded at ¼ to ½ inch deep. To alleviate weed pressure, start with a weed free field as there are no herbicides that can be applied to a typical oats/brassica planting. Seed can be broadcast and incorporated by cultipacking. Brasica Rape will smother out most weeds once they are established. They can be successfully no-till seeded at a lower rate into established pastures. Brasica Rape is not well adapted to wet or poorly drained soils.
Since Brasica 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. Mixing the Brasica Rape with cereal grains 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 Brasica Rape. Brasica Rape is very good at recycling nutrients left by previous crops. A good practice is to prevent brassica consumption in dairy animals two hours prior to milking to prevent off flavors in the milk.
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