Excellent forage for swine, sheep, and young stock.
Dwarf Essex Rape is a succulent, cabbage-related plant that will persist well after the first frost. Seed at 5-10 lb./acre April through August. Ready to pasture 6-8 weeks after sowing. Avg. 145,000 seeds/lb.
Latin Name: Brassica napus
Days to Maturity or Bloom:
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USE: Rape seed is the forerunner of modern canola varieties. "Dwarf Essex" is an extremely palatable, high-energy, high-protein forage crop for winter grazing by livestock and deer. Fast germination and growth also make this ideal for weed suppression, reducing surface compaction, and winter cover. CULTURE: Rape seed grows well in a wide variety of soils and is moderately tolerant of saline soil conditions. It prefers a well-drained soil with a pH range of 5.5-8.3. Rape seed is a winter annual best established in late summer through mid fall. It will tolerate cooler temperatures better than hot ones. Do not allow to go to seed the following spring if not winter-killed, as it will become a weed problem. SEEDING RATE: Sow ½-¾" deep. Broadcast at 8-14 lb./acre or drill at 5-10 lb./acre. HARVEST: Use as a forage crop for winter grazing, or plow under in springtime before flowering.
NOTE: Do not use in rotation prior to other brassica crops as they harbor similar insect and disease pests