This is a question we are often asked particularly in a difficult season when drilling of key crops such as maize has either been delayed or successful sowings have gone on to later failed for various reasons including extremes of weather and or pest damage.
With this in mind we have put together some key information to help you make the best choice when it comes to selecting the best late sown game cover mixtures of single species for your own shoot. Before starting it is important to point out that every shoot and more over, every location, is different. Soil types, elevation and previous cropping will all play a part and each must be taken in to consideration.
Brown Mustard – Buy it here
Brown Mustard is a well know, tested, single species that can be sown as late as early September to provide some cover for birds in areas that have suffered badly over the summer months. Although not completely winter hardy brown mustard will tolerate temperatures down to around minus three degrees.
White Mustard – Buy it here
White Mustard is less winter hardy than brown mustard but offers the same speed of development. A late summer sowing will quickly produce cover and can be utilized until the night time temperatures drop below freezing. Unlike brown mustard white mustard will die very quickly if temperatures dip below zero.
Forage Rape – Buy it here
Forage Rape is a very versatile crop and will produce good levels of ground cover quickly. Forage rape has been bred for use during the winter and early spring as a feed for livestock but more and more shoots are using it as a rescue crop. Forage rape is more than capable of over wintering offering cover well into February of the following year.
Fodder Radish – Buy it here
Fodder Radish (also known as Oil Radish) grows much in the same way as oil seed rape. It produces a deep single tap root and a single thick stem that shoots off at junctions. Fodder radish is fast growing and will over winter providing temperatures remain stable. Fodder radish is susceptible to frost if they are persistent and harsh.
For more information on any of the above species please contact us.