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Top 10 Best Selling Game Cover Products

A selected list of the most popular choices of individual game cover seed species and seed mixtures. These products are popular with farms and shoots throughout the UK and includes the best and most reliable products.

 

Cover crops for game and forage cover. Buy Online or Call 0800 883 0169 for Advice. Boston Seeds are wholesale online seed suppliers for Private Individuals, Businesses and Farming Groups.  

 

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BS ELS5 / CSS5 Grey Partridge Mixture (1 or 2 year)

Provides important food resources for farmland birds, especially in winter and early spring. The aim is to maximise the production of small seeds suitable as bird food in either annual or annual/biennial mixtures. This option is a rotational option and can be moved around the farm.

 

  • Suitable for Entry Level Stewardship (ELS): EF2
  • Suitable for Countryside Stewardship (CCS): AB9  
  • Spring sown - one or two year mixture
  • Contains: 50% Spring Triticale, 30% Spring Barley, 3% White Millet, 8% Kale, 3% Linseed, 6% Fodder Radish
  • Pack size: 20kg. Sow minimum 50kg per hectare
 

All Season Game Cover Maize Blend

A blend of three varieties of maize with different maturity dates to provide effective cover and feed for the duration of the season.
  • All Season Blend our best selling game cover maize.
  • A blend of early, intermediate and late varieties.
  • Varieties selected for good early vigour and standing ability. 
  • Mesurol treated seed.
  • Sow at 45,000 seeds per acre. Pack Size 45,000 seeds.

 

Brown Mustard Game Cover - Vittasso Seed

Vittasso Brown Mustard is a new, unique and highly versatile game cover crop. It is is easy to establish, quick growing and winter hardy.
  • Sow from late July onwards to produce a dense, leafy canopy.
  • Winter-hardy, easy to establish, cost effective.
  • Can be sown as a rescue crop for failed spring sowings.
  • Can grow up to 1.5 metres dependent on when sown.
  • Sowing rate: 2kg per acre  (5kg/ha).

Brown Mustard Seed - SCALA

Scala Brown Mustard is the perfect choice for a fast growing, frost tolerant game cover.  

  • Rapid germination and establishment 
  • Frost tolerant
  • Will provide dense cover for game birds 
  • Ideal for patching failed areas 
  • Will grow to 1.5 meters in good growing conditions 
  • Sowing rate 2.5 kg per acre (5kg/ha)

Dwarf Hybrid Sorghum Seed

Dwarf Sorghum is short stemmed, sturdy, broad leaved and has a substantial seed head. Useful on more exposed sites due to its shorter growing habit.
  • Average height 1 - 1.25m. (Click on image to see height comparison)
  • Often sown alongside maize, see Four Ten Mixture.
  • Very good standing power due to short growth habit.
  • Ideal cover providing a warm holding area for birds.
  • Sowing rate 10kg per acre. Pack size: 10kg. Treated seed.

Dwarf Sunflower Seed

Dwarf sunflowers are a shorter stemmed hybrid variety which provide better standing ability over conventional varieties.
  • A stiff stemmed, shorter hybrid variety.
  • An effective feed crop for shoots in the southern half of the UK.
  • May require 'swiping' down to allow game birds to access the seeds.
  • Frequently sown as part of a game mix or with kale.
  • Sowing rate: 5kg acre. Pack size: 5kg

Millgame Millet Mix

Millgame Millet mix is a popular choice to sow amongst maize to provide a valuable extra source of food to help hold the birds.
  • Can be grown on its own or mixed with game maize or kale.
  • For best results- drill maize as normal, then broadcast/drill Millgame at right angles.
  • Millgame can provide approximately 1-2000kg of high protein feed per acre.
  • 50% Red Millet and 50% White Millet seed
  • Sowing rate: 5kg per acre. Pack size: 10kg.

Quinoa Seed

Quinoa will provide cover and a plentiful supply of seed making it a popular crop for holding partridges, pheasants and attracting seed eating song birds.
  • Produces a high number of seeds which provide a valuable source of food.
  • Many species of seed-eating song birds are also attracted to the crop.
  • Often grown with Kale as it will begin to collapse with first hard frosts.
  • Available ready blended with Kale, see Overdrive Seed Mixture.
  • Sowing rate: 2kg per acre. Pack size: 2 kg.

Reed Canary Grass Seed

Reed Canary Grass (Phalaris arundinacea) is similar to Canary Grass (aquatica) however it is much hardier and better suited to more exposed northern sites.

  • A perennial species which can last for 10 years
  • Suitable for exposed northern sites - very good frost and winter hardiness
  • Strong stems and thick leaves provide reliable cover for ground nesting birds
  • Similar characteristics to conventional canary grass with improved hardiness 
  • Sowing rate: 2.5 kilos per acre Pack Size: 2.5kg.

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.

Traditional Game Cover Mix

The Traditional Game Cover Mixture combines a broad range of species which will give a full season of cover and a supply of food.

  • A tried and tested mixture species which provides feed and cover..
  • Sunflowers provide an attractive splash of colour. 
  • Differing seeds sized mean it is best broadcast rather than direct drilled.
  • Contains Maize, Red & White Millet, Buckwheat, Kale, Sunflower, White Mustard and Forage Rape.
  • Sowing Rate: 10kg per acre. Packsize: 10kg.

White Mustard Seed

White Mustard is an ever popular choice for game cover plots. Very easy to establish and will grow rapidly providing cover until the first winter frosts. 
  • Can be sown alone or as a companion to other species.
  • Ideal for early cover, killed off by frost will create shelter for birds.
  • Quick growing - ideal for patching failed spring cover crops.
  • Popular as a green manure crop, fast growing and suppresses weeds.
  • Suitable for Countryside Stewardship (CSS): AB2 
  • Sowing rate: 15kg / ha. 

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