Forage crop for cattle, chickens, swine and sheep.
These red beets with white flesh will grow up to 20 lb. and 2' long. They make excellent feed for sheep, cattle, swine, and chickens. Should be chopped before being fed to sheep and cows. Can be stored in near freezing temps (root cellar) and used as feed throughout the winter. Seeding rate is 10 lb./acre in 36" rows at 25 seeds/ft. Avg. 40,000 seeds/lb.
Latin Name: Beta vulgaris
Days to Maturity or Bloom:
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CULTURE: Mangels are a quick-growing forage crop for fall harvest that can be fed to chickens, cattle,swine, and sheep. They prefer well-drained loamy soils in full sun, with a constant supply of moisture. Clay soils will not produce the best roots. Will grow in a wide range of soil pH (4.2-8.2). SEEDING RATE: Sow 15-25 seeds/ft., 8-10 lb./acre with a final target spacing of 4-8" apart for the largest roots. HARVEST: Harvest as soon as roots are large enough (4-5"), but they may be left in the ground until just before a hard freeze. Smaller roots may be fed to livestock immediately; larger roots should be topped, and stored in a cooler with high humidity. Yield per acre ranges from 15 to 30 tons. Roots should be chopped into manageable pieces (2-4") for sheep and cows.