Developed by PGG Wrightson Seeds under the Forage Innovations joint venture with Plant and Food Research. Pallaton Raphno is a raphanobrassica, a hybrid between Brassica oleracea (kale) and Raphanus sativus (radish).

Full commercial release of Pallaton Raphno is Spring 2018.

Farm Type

The goal of the breeding programme was to combine six stacked traits, which would perform for New Zealand farmers within increasingly challenging environments.

The six traits include:

  • High Forage Yields, from muiltiple grazings
  • Plant Persistence, under multiple grazings
  • Drought Tolerance
  • Clubroot Tolerance
  • Aphid Tolerance
  • Grazing Flexibility

High Yielding

Raphno high yielding

14% increased yield advantage relative to Goliath forage rape in a multi-graze system (total cumulative yield from repeat harvest).

Clubroot Tolerance

Clubroot tolerance

Forage rape (left) and Pallaton (right) under clubroot pressure.

Pallaton Raphno® has a high tolerance to clubroot. In vitro innoculation pot trials and field trials to date have shown strong tolerance to Pukekohe, Hawke's Bay and Southland strains of clubroot.

aphid tolerance

Forage rape (left) and Pallaton (right) under aphid pressure. Both plants have had identical treatment and are in side-by-side plots. 

Pallaton has a 14% increased yield advantage to Goliath forage rape in a multi-graze system (total cumulative yield from repeat harvests).

persistence under multiple grazings

Pallaton has excellent re-growth potential and has the ability to persist for 4-5 grazings over a 12 month period.


Graze Pallaton as early as 50 days after sowing (DAS), to maximise crop utilisation and regrowth potential. It can be deferred up to 120 DAS, however utilisation and regrowth potential will be reduced. Pallaton does not have a specific maturity requirement. 

Drought Tolerance

38% increase in water use efficiency (WUE) relative to Goliath forage rape. 

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