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- Ideal after Maize as a cover crop
- Delivers a high quality grass crop after Maize harvest
- Fast establishing
- Later production allows for winter grazing option
- Germinates at lower temperatures
- Great catch crop after a spring sown cereal harvest
When to sow
Thanks to its ability to germinate at lower temperatures than conventional leys, it can be sown safely throughout October after a Maize harvest, producing a grass sward and catch crop for soil stability and mopping up nutrients. An overwintering feed source for any class of sheep or an early silage crop in the following spring.
AFTER MAIZE has been developed using the concept of ‘germination energy’. This concept means it will establish faster and better than other leys, even in the adverse conditions of cold, wet seed beds which appear later in the year.
By measuring the germination rate under low temperatures of 7-10°C, similar to those found in the field throughout October, and selecting those which give the best germination in the shortest time, the result is an establishment rate of over 20 percent above the average ryegrass. AFTER MAIZE is a very flexible product that can fit into different regimes as required.
When to utilise
AFTER MAIZE is equally at home being used as an early spring cut before being ploughed out for a spring-sown crop or used as a sacrifice field for early spring grazing as a more cost-effective alternative to rye.
An ideal cover crop for arable rotations, helping to improve soil health, structure, fertility and organic matter, resulting in improved yields and financial savings as well as providing other benefits. Cover crops can bring agronomic and environmental benefits with the active growth, deep rooting, ground cover and habitat provision, providing benefits in rotations over a bare fallow and helping to reduce nutrient losses via run-off and leaching and soil erosion.