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Summer Sown Game Cover Seed Crops

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.

A range of items and mixtures that can be sown during the summer months - ideal for areas that may have failed due to establishment problems or poor spring weather. 

 

Click here for advice on game cover seed and sowing guidelines.  

BS ELS5/A - Autumn Wild Bird Mixture

  • For Autumn Sowing
  • This option will provide important food resources for farmland birds, it is "rotational option"and can be moved around the farm. This is a biennial mixture
  • Wild Bird seed mixture suitable for EF2, EJ13
  • Pack size 20 kg. Sowing rate 40 kgs/ha
  • Contains: 40% Winter Triticale; 30% Winter Barley; 20% Winter Vetch; 10% Forage Rape

Boost Late Game Cover Mixture

A fast growing, quick to establish, frost hardy crop.Ideal to sow in late summer or early autumn to provide cover that will last throughout the winter.

  • Rapid growing catch crop.
  • Excellent as a "rescue" mixture for patching failed crops.
  • Ideal for when a late sown cover crop is required.
  • Includes: Texsel Greens, Hybrid Brassica, Fodder Radish, Brown Mustard.
  • Sowing rate: 2.5 kg per acre. Pack size: 5kg.

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).

Fodder Radish Seed

Fodder Radish is a quick growing game cover crop. It is commonly used as a replacement for failed spring sown crops. 
  • A fast growing cover crop, ideal for failed spring crops.
  • Speed of establishment aids weed suppression.
  • Ideal as a green manure crop. 
  • If sown July will be ready to provide cover within 6 to 8 weeks.
  • Sowing rate: 15kg / ha. 

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.

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.

Kwik Fix Game Cover Mixture

The name says it all! Kwik Fix provides rapid cover for late sown or for patching failed spring sown game cover crops.
  • Ideal mixture to replace or patch failed spring game cover.
  • A unique combination of the fastest growing game cover species.
  • Can provide cover up until Christmas.
  • 1.50 kg Mustard and 3.50 kg Fodder Radish mixture.
  • Sowing rate: 5 kg per acre. Pack size: 5kg.

Late Game Cover Mixture

A combination of four rapidly establishing species to give season long cover. Will provide cover of 2-3 feet in height.
  • A versatile and easy cover to establish in all areas.
  • A rapidly establishing and maturing mixture providing winter cover.
  • Used as a patching crop when spring crops fail, will tolerate drought conditions.
  • Contains: Forage rape, Stubble Turnips, Mustard, Fodder Radish.
  • Sowing rate: 5 kg per acre.  Pack size: 5kg.

Perennial Chicory

Chicory is a perennial game cover crop which will grow up 200cm tall in the second year. Also attracts pollinating insects with its blue flowers. 
  • Creates tall, dense cover, bolting in its second year to create a flowering hedge.
  • Deep rooted giving excellent drought resistance. Avoid sowing on very wet soils.
  • Good tolerance to acid soils and major pests.
  • Best with annual species in first year. Sow in spring.
  • Sowing rate: 2kg per acre. Pack size: 2kg.

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.

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.

Spaniel Game Cover Mixture

Spaniel is a summer sown, drought tolerant game cover mixture which is easy to establish. Combines four different seed species.

  • Drought tolerant mixture which can be sown in the summer months.
  • Can be used for patching failed spring sown crops.
  • Easy to establish, can be broadcast directly into cereal stubble.
  • Combines; Mustard, Fodder Radish, Interval Rape/Kale, Ethiopian Mustard.
  • Sowing rate: 4.5kg per acre. Pack size 4.5kg.  

 

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. 

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.

VITTASSO Brown Mustard Seed

Very popular for use in potato rotations to control soil borne pests. Crop must be chopped at flowering and incorporated into moist soil to maximise biofumigation.
  • Green manure crop with biofumigant properties
  • Winter-hardy, easy to establish, cost effective
  • Reduces wireworm and PCN populations and their effect on potatoes
  • Suppresses Verticillium wilt and Sclerotinia in potato production
  • VITTASSO Brown Mustard Brochure
  • Sowing Rate: 5kg / ha

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. 

Yellow Blossom Clover (Sweet Clover)

Yellow Blossom Clover is a biennial plant that can persist for several years due to its self regenerating properties. 
  • Nectar rich specie which will attract plenty of insects and in turn game birds.
  • Often sown with Kale to help provide cover in the first year.
  • Stems become woody in second year to help with standing.
  • Being leguminous and deep rooted is valuable for improving soil structure and fertility.
  • Sowing rate: 2.5kg per acre. Pack size: 5kg. 

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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