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Brassicas

Brassicas are plants in the mustard family. They are generally used by farmers and livestock producers to lengthen the grazing season. All brassicas have highly digestible cell walls and very high protein levels. Turnips can be grazed or harvested and fed directly.  Forage rapes can be grazed or cut for direct feeding. Kale is an excellent cold tolerant, leafy grazing species. Brassicas are also good for green manure or cover cropping. Due to the high nutrient and dry matter content of brassicas consult a nutritionist or grazing specialist before grazing or feeding brassicas.

Dwarf Essex Rape

  • Succulent, leafy brassica excellent for hog, sheep & young stock grazing
  • Persists well after the first frost
  • May be seeded any time from early spring until August
  • Should be ready to pasture in 6 to 8 weeks
  • Keep it cut or grazed down so it doesn’t get tall and woody
  • To fatten hogs, additional grain is usually needed
  • Seed 4-8 lbs/acre, ¼ to ½ inch deep

Barnapoli Forage Rape


  • Medium-tall forage rape variety 
  • Produces very high forage yields with excellent protein levels and high digestibility
  • Barnapoli outperformed all other brassica species in a recent sheep grazing study
  • Fast establishing; Ready to graze within 70 days 
  • Barnapoli can be grazed at monthly intervals under ideal management
  • Seed 3 lbs/acre, ¼ to ½ inch deep

Purple Top Turnips

  • Excellent use to extend livestock grazing through summer months & late season
  • Purplish white tankard roots grow ½ out of the ground 
  • Roots are high energy feed with 85% TDN and 10% protein
  • Use 50-100 lbs N & medium rate of K & P for best results
  • Planted in May, they will be ready to graze by July
  • Purple Top turnips are also good for low fertility fields
  • Seed 5-6 lbs/acre, ¼ to ½ inch deep

Barkant Turnips


  • Vigorous turnip variety from Barenbrug with a purple tankard root type
  • Good leaf & root yield with high sugar & dry matter content
  • Ideally suited for grazing with sheep & cattle
  • It is common to obtain 4-6 tons of dry matter/acre 
  • Barkant is able to provide multiple harvests with ideal grazing management
  • Seed 4 lbs/acre, ¼ to ½ inch deep

Forage Kale

  • Cold hardy, leafy brassica with excellent yield potential
  • Produces high forage yields and retains good feed value during cold months
  • Winter survival tolerance down to 10°F; sugar content of forage increases after a frost
  • Pastured kale will compare favorably with alfalfa
  • Excellent for dairy, sheep, and hog grazing
  • Plant May-June for single harvest or into August for late fall grazing
  • Seed 3-4 lbs/acre, ¼ to ½ inch deep

Tillage Radish®


  • Improved oilseed radish bred specifically for long taproot
  • While primarily used for a cover crop, Tillage Radish is a high quality brassica that can be grazed or feed to livestock
  • Grazing Tillage Radish will reduce its efficacy as a cover crop & compaction fighter
  • Taproot brings up many nutrients from soil profile to improve grazing nutrient value
  • Mix with grass species for balanced grazing
  • Graze no lower than 4'' and only graze off the top third if re-growth is desired
  • Seed 4-6 lbs/acre, ¼ to ½ inch deep

Kodiak Mustard -New!

Cover Cropping

  • Certified variety of non-GMO Brown Mustard specifically bred for cover cropping
  • Excellent biomass production & rapid early growth
  • Good competitive ability with weeds
  • Very high level of plant glucosinolates that can suppress pathogenic soil fungi, nematodes, and other insects
  • It is recommended to chop or mow the mustard down prior to incorporation to maximize suppressive effects
  • Excellent before soybeans or after small grains & silage corn
  • Do not allow plant to go to seed ;
  • It is recommended to allow 2 to 3 weeks to pass between incorporating the mustard & planting your cash crop
  • Frost seed March-April and/or seed August-September 1 for fall incorporation
  • Seed 15-20 lbs/acre ; 1/2 to 1 in deep