Forage guide highlights summer options

23 Apr 2019

The hot and dry summer in 2018 has encouraged producers to look at a wider range of forage crops. And all the latest options are included in Limagrain’s 2019 Essential Guide to Forage Crops.

“We’ve recently seen more interest in summer forages that can be sown from May to August,” says Limagrain’s Martin Titley.

Lucerne variety

“Many producers are interested in lucerne and the guide highlights a new variety Mezzo, which has a dormancy rating of 3.6. This means that the crop can now be considered for more northerly areas of the UK.”

The forage guide ranks growing costs, sowing times and feed value for nine key forages. “Producers can use this information and also refer to the varieties within each species, so they can select those best suited to their specific growing conditions and uses,” adds Mr Titley.

Summer grazing

He draws attention to stubble turnips, hybrid brassicas and forage rape that can be used within 12 weeks of sowing. “Some varieties are suited to summer grazing by cattle, including the hybrid brassica Skyfall. The rape/kale hybrid Interval is an ideal forage for autumn and winter.”

For your copy of the guide, call Emily Short on 01472 370117 or email her at Emily.short@limagrain.co.uk