Owl Farm are pleased with the results from their summer brassicas. “We wanted to get the best value out of the crop,” says Jo Sheridan, Owl Farm’s Demonstration Manager. “Producing a good crop costs as much as a poor crop, so it was important we looked after the crops to maximise yield.”
Growing a cultivar that maximises yield in a short time frame, such as Cleancrop™ Toto turnip, is a great way to reduce the cost per kilogram of dry matter. Owl Farm yielded the crops on 17 December 2019, 55 days after sowing, and interestingly, Cleancrop™ Toto turnip had yielded around 25% more tonnes of dry matter (DM) per hectare (ha) than Barkant® turnip.
Tom Buckley, Owl Farm’s Farm Manager, was impressed with these results. “Even with the extremely dry conditions this summer the crop was valuable. We managed to get eleven weeks of feed out of our eleven hectares of crop - that was 3 kgDM/cow/day from crops that yielded, on average, 10 tDM/ha.” Compare this with Barkant® turnip, which had only yielded around 8 tDM/ha in the same paddock.