Forage herbs & brassicas

Spring and summer present an opportunity to plant a forage crop for summer, autumn or winter feed. Depending on the environment, planting time, stock needs, climate and water availability, there is a range of productive varieties available. Forage brassicas are mostly grown in cool temperate parts of southern Australia, however many rape varieties can also be effectively grown in warmer broadacre areas by using an earlier sowing date. In hotter regions, sub-tropical cereals including millet and sorghum are ideal for grazing and fodder production. Chicory is another beneficial inclusion, either as a sole stand or in combination with brassicas or millet. Not only do fodder crops provide valuable feed, they are also an excellent
way to provide a pasture break during a pasture renewal program.