Barkant is a very vigorous diploid turnip variety with a purple tankard root (50 percent of the bulb is on top of ground). Barkant has high bulb yield with good top growth. It also has high sugar content which provides winter-hardiness and increased palatability. Barkant has good tolerance to bolting/heading and under a correct grazing management system can provide multiple harvests with up to 4-6 tons/acre of dry matter production in 60-90 days. Barkant is also suitable for stockpiling or strip grazing with sheep and cattle.
- For summer slump or early winter feed
- High energy (80% TDN, 0.8 Nel), 30% crude protein stored feed
- Low seed costs, high return
While not always thought of as a cover crop, Barkant turnips often double as a forage and cover crop, usually being mixed with small grains like oats and triticale. Planted in the early fall, Barkant turnips provide a massive amount of dry matter that helps suppress weeds, control erosion, and can be stock piled for winter forage.
Barkant turnips have a deep root system that allows them to stay green longer than most summer cover crops. These tap roots pull up and recycle nutrients that are too deep for crop roots, loosening the soil and providing channels for air, water, and crop roots.
Plant 1/8 to 1/4 inch deep. Rate is 4-6 lbs/A straight or 2-4 lbs/A in mixes.
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