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- HYBRID 4x4 delivers a superb silage mixture to farmers
- It has a very tight heading date range and excellent resistance to disease, offering strong silage production throughout the season
- This mixture does not contain clover, so is inexpensive to clean up sward
- Perfect if three and four year rotation is required
- Multiple exits and entries for slurry / digestate application, using home produced nutrients more efficiently
- Will produce 20% more yield than perennial ryegrass leys, due to its ability to use all nutrients very efficiently via its long season growth and usage of deep rooting varieties
- New variety BANNFOOT produces improved yields with high D value along with excellent persistency. It also has a good all-round disease profile
When to sow
Grows at temperatures as low as 6°C so the farm must be able to make use of this early growth.
When to cut
Up to four cuts per year which can take place in May, July, August and October.
This is the ultimate silage mixture, yielding up to 20t DM/ha in its first year and exceeding 16t DM/ha in its second year.
Grass crops can be grown specifically for biogas production in anaerobic digestion (AD), for stabilising or supplementing other feed stocks such as low yielding slurries or variable quality food waste.
Grass crops can be incorporated effectively into existing crop rotations and won’t impact on food production as they can be grown on lower fertility soils and on land which is not suitable for the production of food crops. Grass gives long term benefits of improved soil health, structure and fertility, particularly in the arable rotation. It can also aid in the control of black grass by reducing heading and therefore seed shed by taking multiple cuts.
- Grass silage yields around 160-200 M3/tonne of biogas at 28% DM
- Excellent addition to other feed stocks
- Enables efficient utilisation of digestate
- Lower environmental impact
- Ability to sequester carbon into the root matrix
- Improves soil health and structure
- Reduced soil erosion and nutrient leaching
- Lower production costs