Tillage Radish is a brassica bred specifically for its large tuber taproot, which is used to reduce soil issues such as compaction. Tillage Radish is also a short term fodder option (10-12 weeks) with first grazing in 5-6 weeks, and 2-3 grazings possible prior to maturity. Tillage Radish produces very palatable feed, appropriate for all cattle and sheep.
Maximum fodder and tuber development occurs when sown in Jan/Feb, although Tillage Radish can also be sown in autumn and spring to provide quick feed options. Strategic grazing can also delay maturity.
When compared to other brassicas, Tillage Radish is a drought hardy, lower risk option due to the energy reserves available in the tuber, and its ability to access subsoil moisture and nutrients.
Ryegrass is a highly palatable winter grass species, suited to both a mono-culture or mix situation where grazing is preferred. The variety RootMax is bred specifically for its extensive and fibrous root system, which encourages addition of biomass and organic matter to the soil after decomposition of the plant.
SummerMax is a cover crop species mix, containing Tillage Radish, Greenland fodder rape, Shirohie millet and Crown Sorghum.
This mix contains broadleaf and grass species, providing diversity and abalanced diet for livestock. Millet and tillage radish will provide early summer feed, while sorghum and rape will provide late summer and autumn feed. The mix is also ideal for green or brown manuring and will provide excellent soil cover and root diversity over the summer months.
Graze Max is a blend of brassicas- Tillage Radish and Greenland fodder rape. Tillage Radish provides the first flush of highly palatable quick feed during summer, allowing the fodder rape to mature and provide mid-late season feed into the autumn..
Deep Till Winter Max is a mix of Tillage Radish, Rootmax ryegrass, grazing cereals and legumes.
Tillage Radish and Rootmax ryegrass have both been bred for their extensive below ground biomass, capable of reducing soil constraints and bringing nutrients into the root zone from the subsoil.
The grazing cereals (ryecorn/triticale/oats dependant on availability) and legumes boost species diversity and biomass production of the mix- giving excellent fodder options and weed competition during winter.
Global Sunn is a summer active, leguminous species, used in America as a broadleaved summer cover crop. The species should grow over 1m during summer, providing grazeable biomass or conserved fodder, and fixing N. This species can also be green/brown manured and is suitable sown on its own or in a mix. Grazing by livestock is advised after consultation with your agronomist.
Millet is a C4, summer active cereal species, capable of emerging rapidly and providing abundant summer feed. C4 grasses such as millet and sorghum differ physiologically from C3 grasses such as wheat and oats. This difference gives millet, sorghum and sugarcane the ability to thrive in drier, warmer and lighter conditions. Millet is extremely drought hardy and can be sown in a mix or as a single species, providing the fibre component of an animal diet and maximising summer productivity.
Teff is a fast growing summer annual with dense fibrous roots, fine stems and palatable leaves. Best suited to provide high quality hay for dairy, beef, sheep and hay
Buckwheat is widely grown as a grain crop, bee pasture, soil improving cover crop and as wildlife cover. It is a warm season grain which grows rapidly during the summer and several crops per year may be had with proper management. This rapid and dense growth chokes out weeds and is used in crop-free fields in rotation with vegetables. Buckwheat is often grown to attract beneficial insects and as pasture for honey bees.