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Game Cover Seed Species and Sowing Rate Guide

Game Cover Seed Advice and Sowing Rates

Crop

Cover

Feed

Nectar

Average Sowing Rate per Acre

Sowing Date Guide

Utilisation Period

Crop Duration

Average Drill Depth (cm)

Average Row Width if Drilled (cm)

Broadcast

Drill

Individual Species

 

Maize

 

 

45-50,000 Seeds/acre

April-June

Sept-March

1 season

5

50

Sunflowers

 

5kg

April-June

July-Nov

1 season

1-2

50

Millet (Red/White/Japanese)

 

 

5kg

5kg

April-June

Sept-Dec

1 season

1-1.5

35-45

Canary Grass

 

 

 

2.5kg

April-June

All Year

5 years +

1.5

70-90

Reed Canary Grass

 

 

 

2.5kg

April-June

All Year

5 years +

1.5

70-90

Giant Sorghum

 

 

 

12kg

May-June

Sept-Feb

1 season

2.5-4

45-50

Dwarf & Intermediate Sorghum

 

 

 

8kg

May-June

Sept-Feb

1 season

2.5-4

45-50

Kale

 

 

2-3kg

1.5-2kg

April-June

Sept-March

1-2 years

1-2

50

Jonty

 

 

2-3kg

1-2.5kg

Spring-Early Aut

Aut-Early Wint

1 season

1-2

Various

Forage Rape

 

 

4kg

2.5kg

May-End of Sept

July-Dec

1 season

1-2.5

15-20

Phacelia

 

3-4kg

 

April-August

July-Oct

1 season

1-2

Various

Buckwheat

20kg+

20kg

April-May

Aug-Dec

1 season

1-2.5

20-35

White Mustard

 

 

5-7kg

2.5-5kg

Spring-Aut

August-Dec

1 season

1-2.5

20-35

Brown Mustard

 

 

2-3kg

1-3kg

Spring-Aut

Autumn-Spring

1 season

1-2.5

20-35

Fodder Radish

2.5-3.5kg

2.5kg

Spring-Aut

July-Dec

1 season

1-2.5

25-30

Perennial Chicory

 

2kg+

2kg

Spring or Early Aut

All Year

5 years +

1

15-20

Quinoa

 

2kg+

2kg

April-June

Sept-Dec

1 season

1.5

45

Yellow Blossom Clover

 

2.5kg+

2.5kg

April-June

All Year

1-2 years

0.5

75

Linseed

 

25kg

April-May

Sept-Feb

1 season

1-2

8-18

Triticale

 

 

50kg

Spring/Autumn

Aug-Feb

1 season

2.5

12-16

Gold of Pleasure (Camelina)

 

 

5kg+

5kg

April-May

Sept-Dec

1 season

1

8-18

Mixtures

 

Zoom Mixture

 

 

2.5-4kg

2.5kg

Spring/Autumn

Sept-March

1 season

1-2

Various

Boost Cover Mixture

 

2.5kg+

2.5kg

June-Sept

Sept-Feb

1 season

1-2

45-50

Late Cover Mixture

 

 

6kg+

5kg

Spring/Autumn

Sept-Feb

1 season

1-2

20-35

Kwik Fix

 

 

5kg+

5kg

July-End of Sept

Sept-Dec

1 season

1-2

40

Overdrive

 

2.5kg+

2.5kg

April-Sept

Sept-Feb

1 season

2.5

45-50

Partridge Mix

 

 

25kg

Spring

Sept-Feb

1 season

1-2.5

12-16

Traditional Game Cover Mix

10kg

10kg

April-June

Sept-Feb

1 season

0.5

Various

Northern Star Game Mix

20kg

20kg

Spring

Sept-Feb

1 season

2.5-3

15

Decoy Game Cover Mix

8kg

8kg

Spring

Sept-Feb

1 season

1-2

15-25

Four Ten Mix

 

 

14kg

Spring

Sept-Feb

1 season

6

75

Sundown Mix

 

13kg

April-June

Sept-Feb

1 season

5-6

75-100

Over & Under Mixture

 

 

 

8kg

May-June

May-June

1 season

2.5-4

45-50

 

 

This information is given in good faith for general guidance only.Weather, local conditions and crop rotations must always be taken into account. 

 

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