Planning and Preparation

Preparation for a spring planted brassica crop ideally starts in the previous autumn. Soil testing at this point allows time to correct deficiencies that may be present. The optimum pH for brassica is in the range 5.8-6.2, which can take six months to correct with lime. An autumn spray-out of run-out pasture achieves control of clover and perennial weeds. Sowing of an annual or Italian ryegrass provides high yields of quality pasture during the winter break. Consider implementing this approach for next seasons cropping programme.
Brassica Planning
Brassica planning guidelines

KEY ACTIVITIES:

  • Soil test paddocks at least 6-8 weeks prior to sowing
  • Apply fertiliser as per specific soil test recommendations
  • Aim to control all weeds prior to sowing.
  • Sow the most suitable brassica crop for your needs with seed sown approximately 10 mm deep, and a soil temperature of around 10°C and rising.
  • Use Ultrastrike/Superstrike treated brassica seed. This is recommended in both cultivated and direct drilling situations to enhance crop establishment and performance.

FACT FILE

Brassica Crop Husbandry

If brassicas are sown following a crop, consideration should be given to the previous crop’s herbicides when making the brassica selection.

Ideally brassicas should not be planted more than once in a five-year rotation where clubroot or dry rot is a problem, even when using clubroot or dry rot tolerant varieties

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