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Forage Turnips - Victoria Soil & Crop Local Project

2005—5 co-operators, purple top, good success, but maybe a better variety

 

2006 - 4 co-operators, 3 varieties - Purple Top, Dynamo, Barkant 

 
Mid Summer Planting = after mid July and before mid August

- after cereal baleage or winter wheat

 

Yield of Tops & Bulbs Peter Peeters, Oct 26, 2006 Planted July 25, seed 3 lb/ac

Variety

 

% DM

Kg DM/Ac

Purple  Top

Tops

13.2

1996

 

Bulbs

10.7

1950

Total

 

 

3946

Barkant

Tops

11.8

2729

 

Bulbs

9.4

1596

Total

 

 

4325

Dynamo

Tops

10.7

2112

 

Bulbs

8.9

1515

Total

 

 

3627

 

 

Summary Jack Kyle OMAFRA grazier specialist—Forage Turnips are an excellent option for late season forage

   

Plant into a fine firm seed bed with 2 lbs of seed/ac. Timed before a rain event ideal

July planting if possible, to minimize seedling competition

Be prepared to scout for flea beetles.

The results were not significantly better for the two newer varieties tested this year (Dynamo and Barkant) over Purple Top. Purple top is a few days earlier and seed is cheaper.