Barnapoli is an excellent supplement for periods when cool-season forage grass production slows. Barnapoli can be sown in summer or early spring and under ideal management can be multiple-grazed at monthly intervals.
- Good regrowth
- Excellent for sheep
Barnapoli Forage 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. Barnapoli Forage 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. Barnapoli Forage Rape will smother out most weeds once they are established. They can be successfully no-till seeded at a lower rate into established pastures. Barnapoli Forage Rape is not well adapted to wet or poorly drained soils.
Since Barnapoli Forage 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 Barnapoli Forage 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 Barnapoli Forage Rape. Barnapoli Forage 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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