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Kale & Forage Rape Seed - Game Cover

Kale is one of the most popular game cover crops currently used in the UK. Kale is winter hardy, can be utilised for the whole shooting season and has the advantage of being able to last for two seasons. Pheasants find it particularly attractive as it has a thick canopy which gives cover and bare ground underneath the canopy to allow for easy movement. 

 

Forage Rape is very useful as a rescue crop for failed spring sown crops. Forage Rape will establish quickly and provide thick cover into the new year.

 

For further advice call Boston Seeds on 01205 280069 or email info@bostonseeds.co.uk, or click here for advice on game cover seed and sowing guidelines.  

Caledonian Kale Seed

Caledonian Kale is the first variety to be bred with resistance to club root. A taller variety which gives easier access for birds underneath the leaf canopy. 

  • Taller variety to allow birds to move freely under the leaf canopy. 
  • Club root resistant, can be sown on sites suffering from brassica sickness.
  • Specially bred for UK conditions. Excellent germination and early vigour.
  • Available with seed treatment.
  • Sowing rate: 2kg per acre. Pack size 2kg. 

Carbon - Kale and Mustard Seed Hybrid

Carbon is a new and unique game cover crop which combines the excellent cover of kale with the easy and rapid establishment of mustard. 

  • Produces amazing cover in a short period of time.
  • Excellent frost tolerant cover by November.
  • Can be used for new sowing or for patching failed crops.
  • Best sown in June or July. Thiram and Sepiret treated seed.
  • Sowing rate: 2kg per acre. Pack size: 2kg. 

Forage Rape Seed

Forage Rape is a fast growing and high yielding crop. Commonly used for forage and as a game cover crop.
  • Rapid establishment, medium-to-tall, palatable grazing.
  • Popular for use as a rescue cover crop.
  • Largely unaffected by frost and wet weather.
  • Good general disease resistance.
  • Sowing rate: 4kg per acre. Pack size: 10kg, 25kg.

Goldeneye Kale Seed

Goldeneye Kale is a giant type kale especially bred for the game cover market, selected for the optimum combination of height and leaf production. 

  • It has a leafy top, strong stem, good winter hardiness and good field tolerance of disease, making it the ideal choice for game cover usage
  • Goldeneye achieves a higher vigour score than Caledonian kale and better club root tolerance.
  • Untreated or Cruiser Treated seed available.
  • Sowing rate: 2kg per acre. Pack Size: 2kg.

Grampian Kale Seed

Grampian Kale is a variety bred in Scotland, which will produce excellent autumn/ winter feeds for sheep and dairy cows.

  • Very high yields, UK proven 
  • Club root resistant, can be used in outwintering systems
  • Excellent digestibility
  • Available with seed treatment.
  • Sowing rate: 2kg per acre. Pack size 2kg. 

Gruner Angeliter Kale Seed

A very tall variety with excellent winter hardiness. A branching, umbrella shaped canopy creates plenty of room underneath for pheasants and partridges.
  • A very high yielding variety, good winter hardiness and excellent feeding quality.
  • Fresh yields 15% higher than Caledonian Kale and 10% higher than Bittern.
  • Has been tried and tested for many years and is still very popular today.
  • Untreated or Cruiser treated seed available.
  • Sowing rate: 2kg per acre. Pack Size: 2kg.

Interval - Rape and Kale Hybrid

Interval is a hybrid variety, produced by crossing rape and kale together. Creates a thick, leafy canopy only a short period of time.

  • Fast growing properties of rape with the greater leaf canopy of kale.
  • Winter hardy for a full season of cover.
  • Grows to a height of 80-100cm.
  • Available with Flea Beetle seed treatment. 
  • Sowing Rate: 2kg per acre. Packsize: 2kg Treated, 5kg Untreated. 

Kale Safe Blend

Kale Safe Blend is the safest and easiest way to grow and establish kale.
  • Fast growth and establishment
  • Different crop heights give a broken canopy for easier access
  • Treated with Thiram & Sepirat
  • Contains Caledonian kale and Interval rape kale hybrid
  • Sowing rate 1.5kg/acre (drilled) or  3kg/acre (broadcast) 

Keeper Kale Seed

Keeper Kale is a shorter variety with excellent resistance to lodging. It combines a leafy canopy with a bare floor to create warm shelter for birds.

  • A shorter stemmed variety with excellent resistance to lodging.
  • High leaf to stem ratio.
  • Bred in the UK.
  • Available with Flea Beetle seed treatment.
  • Sowing rate: 2kg per acre. Packsize 2kg.

Pinfold Kale Seed

Pinfold Kale will provide excellent yields in a short period of time.

  • Fast growing and ideal for early sowings
  • Flexible utilisation, summer use as well
  • Excellent digestibility
  • Available with seed treatment.
  • Sowing rate: 2kg per acre. Pack size 2kg. 

Proteor Kale Seed

Medium height variety with excellent resistance to lodging. It combines a leafy canopy with strong stem to achieve a bare floor and create warm shelter for birds.

  • Excellent resistance to lodging.
  • High leaf to stem ratio.
  • Bred in the UK.
  • Available with Flea Beetle seed treatment.
  • Sowing rate: 2kg per acre. Packsize 2kg.

Sovereign Kale Seed

Sovereign Kale was in agronomic tests, shown to have good dry matter yields and excellent leaf-to-stem ratio, thereby increasing stock utilisation and animal performance. 
  • Successfully tested for winter hardiness and keeping ability, it has the potential to maintain good quality production over a longer usage period.
  • Sovereign does not produce the large thick stems common to giant kales even when planted at lower density, therefore increasing palatability.
  • Untreated or Cruiser Treated seed available.
  • Sowing rate: 2kg per acre. Pack Size: 2kg.

Spitfire Hybrid Forage Rape

Spitfire Hybrid Forage Rape is a blend of Winfred Hybrid Brassica and Forage Rape. A vigourous and quick growing seed mixture making it ideal for failed crops.
  • Provide cover for a whole season.
  • Very vigorous and quick growing, ideal for replacing failed crops or patching. 
  • Good disease and bolting resistance.
  • Blend of 50% Winfred Hybrid Brassica and 50% Napoleon Forage Rape.
  • Sowing rate: 2.5kg per acre. Pack Size: 5kg. 

Surefire Kale Blend

A combination of three excellent game cover kale varieties which will provide a tall varied canopy over an extended period of time.

  • Provides superb cover.
  • Kale provides cover for two shooting seasons.
  • The flowering kale will attract insects and song birds.
  • A blend of three varieties of game cover kale seed.
  • Sowing rate: 2kg per acre. Pack size: 2kg. Treated seed.

Thousand Head Kale Seed

Thousand Head Kale is a popular, tired and tested variety with good standing ability and winter hardiness.
  • Thousand Head is a slender stemmed variety bearing leafy foliage. 
  • Excellent winter hardiness providing forage for feeding after Christmas. 
  • Can supply approximately 90 tonnes/ha of green forage matter.
  • Available with Flea Beetle seed treatment.
  • Sowing rate: 2kg per acre. Pack Size: 2kg.

Zoom Brassica Forage Mixture

Zoom Brassica Seed Mixture is a blend of Winfred Hybrid Brassica and Forage Rape. A vigourous and quick growing seed mixture making it ideal for failed crops.
  • Provide cover for a whole season.
  • Very vigorous and quick growing, ideal for replacing failed crops or patching. 
  • Good disease and bolting resistance.
  • Blend of 50% Winfred Hybrid Brassica and 50% Napoleon Forage Rape.
  • Sowing rate: 2.5kg per acre. Pack Size: 5kg. 

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