Mammoth Purple Top turnip is a root brassica crop most commonly used for forage. It does well in colder climates. Fast-growing summer fodder crop with excellent feeding value. Its deep taproot creates perfect channels for plant roots to easily follow, making it excellent at taking residual nitrogen and putting it back into the soil. Many turnips can be grazed twice to permit the utilization of top growth and roots. Turnips are a great cover crop to plant between or before cereal crops. Turnips have high sugar content making them extremely palatable for livestock such as cattle or sheep. They also have high moisture content and are packed with protein making them an excellent choice for winter grazing. Turnips are extremely winter hardy which is a huge advantage if planting in the late Autumn.
- Livestock should not feed on turnip during the breeding season or after the plants have begun to flower. Nitrate nitrogen toxicity can be a problem, especially if ruminants are allowed to graze on immature crops or if soil nitrogen levels are high. The risk may remain for a longer period of time in autumn than in summer
- To prevent problems with diseases, Brassicas should not be grown on the same site more than two years in a row. If clubroot is a problem, rotation should be six years
- Turnip grows best in a moderately deep loam, fertile and slightly acid soil. Turnip does not do well in soils that are of high clay texture, wet or poorly drained. For good root growth turnip needs a loose, well-aerated soil
- Rainfall 600mm+
- Sowing Rate 0.5-2kg/ha in a cover crop blend
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