Winfred is a cross between a turnip and a kale. Winfred has the ability to withstand -5°F frosts and retain green leaf, which makes Winfred a reliable forage brassica for winter feed. Winfred can be utilized throughout the year. This flexibility comes from its ability to establish well from both spring and autumn plantings, and the ability to grow during warm, dry summer months and frosty winter conditions.
- Upright growth, not a bulb type
- Plant in spring or early fall
- Slower growth, 8-12 weeks
- Winter hardy to -5⁰
- Stays green after frost, maintaining leaf integrity
- Most drought tolerant
- Works as a biofumigant
Winfred Hybrid 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. Winfred Hybrid 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. Winfred Hybrid Rape will smother out most weeds once they are established. They can be successfully no-till seeded at a lower rate into established pastures. Winfred Hybrid Rape is not well adapted to wet or poorly drained soils.
Since Winfred Hybrid 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 Winfred Hybrid 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 Winfred Hybrid Rape. Winfred Hybrid 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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