Stubble Turnips are a fast growing catch crop, popular with livestock farmers.
They may be sown after first cut silage for summer grazing or after winter cereals for autumn usage. When planting a large acreage it is advisable to stagger sowing dates, increasing the seed rate in dry conditions. If using for dairy cow grazing it is important to take into consideration the distance between the field and the milking parlour. Strip grazing is advisable if possible to limit wastage.
|Seed Rate||Pack Size||Seed Treatment|
|5 - 7.5kg/ha||25kg||Untreated|
Stock should be introduced gradually over a two week period and an area of grassland should be available for animals to return to; water and hay or straw should also be made available. Please contact your supplier for further guidance.
Scale 1-9, where 9 = best or most pronounced
|Stubble Turnips Yield and Feed Quality|
|Average dry matter yield||3.5 - 4.5 tonnes/ha|
|Average fresh yields||38 – 45 tonnes/ha|
|Crude protein||17 - 18% (mainly leaves)|
|Digestibility value||68 - 70 D|
|Dry matter||8 - 9%|
|Metabolisable energy||11 MJ/kg DM|
|Sugars in DM||55%|