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Earn an extra €134/acre by growing fodder catch crops this year

Earn an extra €134/acre by growing fodder catch crops this year

Are you looking for an opportunity to boost income while supplying much needed fodder? Have you considered planting a catch crop this Autumn? As well as boosting income, catch crops also provide benefits of cultural weed control, improved soil structure, nutrient retention and provision of green manure. Below are some options that you may consider for your farm.

Westerwolds

Westerwolds are an annual rye grass which are sown as a short-term ley due to its extremely high growth rates.

Sowing time: Mid July or early September, after winter cereal crops.

Harvest times: September and February, may be zero grazed in February.

Costs: Growing

€40/acDisc harrowing X2 and sowing
€41.50/ac16kg/ac seeding rate, €65 per 25kg bag
€52.50/ac3 bags of Silage boost (21-2-10 + 2S), no fertiliser required for second cut due to background organic soil nitrogen

Total: €134/ac, €8.40 per bale

Conserving

€20/ac X2Mowing crop twice
€10/ac X2Raking crop twice
€9.50/baleBaling, wrapping and plastic

Total: €13.25/ bale.

Overall cost: €21.65 per bale at 16 bales per acre over 2 cuts.

Recommended Retail Price €30 per bale

Or zero graze February cut: Recommended retail price €125 per 5 tonne load.

Profit:

€8.35Per bale
€133.50Per acre (16 bales per acre)

 

Must be prevented from producing a seed head as it is an annual plant and will not regrow once the seed head has been produced.

Establish early to achieve maximum production

Hybrid Brassicas – Redstart/ Gorilla

Redstart and Gorilla are hybrid varieties- cross between kale and forage rape. They offer high levels of productivity, with the ability to regrow if cut early. It is a highly nutritious crop and its feed value is as follows: 12.5% Dry matter, 11.2MJ Metabolizable energy, 18% crude protein, 65% DMD.

Sowing time: May to early September, after winter cereal crops.

Harvest: End of October

Costs: Growing:

€40/acDisc harrowing X2 and sowing
€22.50/ac4kg/ac seeding rate, product code 0700140
€72/ac4 bags of 18-6-12

Total: €134.50/ac.

Conserving:

€20/acMowing crop
€10/acRaking
€ 35/acAdditive
€10.80/baleBaling, wrapping and plastic

Total: €13/bale

Recommended Retail Price €30 per bale

Profit:

€6.20Per bale
€77.50Per acre (16 bales per acre)

 

Sow seeds to a depth of 10mm

Crop must be must be mowed using a mower without a conditioner.

A wilting time of 24 – 36 hours will help improve bale quality  

Bales must have 24 wraps per bale.

 

For more information contact your Area Sales Manager