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Kale

Well proven forage crop which consistently provides very high yields of succulent green fodder

Kale is a very adaptable crop, which is traditionally grown for grazing by cattle in autumn and winter. Can be used as a buffer feed for dairy during summer months. Highest yielding leafy brassicas. Can be cut and fed to stock in house or ensiled. Kale has a very flexible utilisation period, which can stretch from July through to March. 

Kale can be cut and fed 'in-house' or can be ensiled as big bale kaleage. It has a high crude protein content and so can be fed to all types of livestock. It is also an ideal full season game cover crop. 

 

Average DM yield 8-10t/ha
Average fresh yields 60-70t/ha
DM 14-16%
Crude Protein 16-17% fresh and 19-25% ensiled
Digestibility value 68D
Metabolisable energy 10-11 MJ/kg DM

 

 

  SOWING PERIOD

  April – early July. Well drained medium loam soil eith a pH of 6.5 is best.Early sown crops are more likely to give the highest yields. 

 UTILISATION

  August – March

SOWING METHOD

 A firm, fine seedbed. The target population is 70 plants/m². Drill = 2kg/acre. Broadcast = 3kg/acre.

FERTILISER

Kale thrives with plenty of organic matter. Up to 170 units/ha may be required after a cereal crop. This will reduce to 75 units/ha after intensively grazed grass. 

WEEDS/DISEASE

Damage to young seedlings can be considerable from flea beetle. Slug, rabbit and pigeon damage must be monitored.Main threat is from clubroot - avoid growing kale in fields with a history of clubroot, as it is a soil bourne disease. 

For more information call 0845 070 6280 or e-mail info.uk@forfarmers.eu

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