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Stubble Turnips

"Excellent fast growing catch crop which can produce nutritious, highly palatable feed in just 12-14 weeks from sowing"

Stubble turnips are often grown after first cut silage for summer grazing or after winter cereals for autumn grazing when they are usually strip grazed. Different varieties enable you to sow the crop to your exact requirements. Stubble turnip varieties differ in their root to leaf ratio. Leafy types provide good anchorage and winter hardiness, while bulbing types produce predominantly large palatable bulbs. 

 

Average DM yield 3.5-4.0t/ha
Average fresh yields 38-40t/ha
DM 8-9%
Crude Protein 17-18% mainly leaves
Digestibility value 68-70
Metabolisable energy 11 MJ/kg DM

 

SOWING PERIOD

April – September. Well drained light loam soil or brash with a pH of 6.5 is best.Stubble turnips should be sown 12-14 weeks before they are to be utilised.  

 UTILISATION

Stock should be introduced gradually to the crop and have access to grass or silage. To avoid milk taint, dairy cows should be moved from the crop at least 3 hours before milking. 

SOWING METHOD

 A firm, fine seedbed. It is vital that soil moisture is not lost. Drill = 2kg/acre. Broadcast = 3kg/acre.

FERTILISER

75kg of Nitrogen, 40kg of phosphate, 40kg of potash/ha. 75-100kg/ha of Nitrogen is required after a cereal crop. To increase crop growth a top dressing of Nitrogen  (up to 75kg/ha) 3-4 weeks after sowing is recommended.

WEEDS/DISEASE

Watch out for flea beetle attack, spray at the first sign of trouble. Check for slug damage. 

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

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