Companion Crops

Companion crops for oilseed rape (OSR) to protect against flea beetle and provide nutrients to the oilseed rape crop. Choose from our range of companion crop seed mixtures or selected straight varieties - including TABOR berseem clover, LIFAGO buckwheat and fenugreek. Boston Seeds proudly supplies thousands of hectares of oilseed rape companion crop seed each autumn, utilising only the most suitable and proven varieties.

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Shielder
2-3 Day Delivery
Shielder - Oilseed Rape Companion Crop
  • The complete companion crop
  • Deters and protects from flea beetle, fixes nitrogen
  • Best sown 7 days before drilling OSR
  • Contains: 50% LIFAGO Buckwheat, 25% TABOR Berseem Clover, 25% Fenugreek
  • Sowing Rate: 12.5kg/ha
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Fix and Block
2-3 Day Delivery
Fix and Block - Oilseed Rape Companion Crop
  • Rapidly fixes nitrogen with TABOR berseem clover
  • Deters flea beetle with scent from Fenugreek
  • Best sown 7 days before drilling OSR
  • Contains: 50% TABOR Berseem Clover, 50% Fenugreek  
  • Sowing Rate: 10kg/ha
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Fix and Protect
Next Day Delivery
Fix and Protect - Oilseed Rape Companion Crop
  • Rapidly fixes nitrogen with TABOR berseem clover
  • Protects the oilseed rape plants from flea beetle
  • Best sown 7 days before drilling OSR
  • Contains: 40% TABOR Berseem Clover, 60% LIFAGO Buckwheat
  • Sowing Rate: 10kg/ha
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Beetle Blaster
2-3 Day Delivery
Beetle Blaster - Oilseed Rape Companion Crop
  • Maximum action against flea beetle
  • Best sown 7 days before drilling OSR
  • Contains: 70% LIFAGO Buckwheat, 30% Fenugreek
  • Sowing Rate: 12.5kg/ha
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N Fixer
Next Day Delivery
N-Fixer - Oilseed Rape Companion Crop
  • Rapid growing, nitrogen fixing nurse crop
  • Highly susceptible to frost kill
  • Contains: 20% TABOR Berseem Clover, 80% BINGO Red Vetch
  • Sowing Rate: 10kg/ha
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Tabor
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TABOR Berseem Clover Seed (Trifolium alexandrinum)

Tabor berseem clover is an annual, nitrogen-fixing legume often used in forage or green manures and as a key variety for companion cropping with oilseed rape.

  • The only single-cut berseem clover variety - does not regrow after frost kill
  • Compatible in seed mixtures with grass and legumes
  • Nitrogen fixing legume with rapid growth and establishment
  • Sow from spring to early autumn. Not frost tolerant
  • Sowing rate: 15kg/ha.
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Lifago
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LIFAGO Buckwheat Seed (Fagopyrum tataricum)

LIFAGO buckwheat (Fagopyrum tataricum) is a different species to conventional buckwheat (Fagopyrum esculentum) - particularly suited to grow as a companion crop with oilseed rape.

  • Rapid establishment and high vigour
  • Creates a dense canopy to protect the oilseed rape plants
  • Smaller seeded and easier to drill with oilseed rape than standard buckwheat
  • Scavenges phosphates from the soil for future crops
  • Sowing rate: c.10kg/ha as a companion crop
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Fenugreek
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Fenugreek Seed (Trigonella foenum-graecum)

Fenugreek (Trigonella foenum-graecum) produces a natural odour to deter flea beetle from the oilseed rape crop. Very tender to frost and therefore reliably winter-killed.

  • Rapid establishment, high vigour
  • Produces natural odour to protect the oilseed rape plants
  • Sow individually or combine in a mix of other companion species
  • Best sown 7 days before drilling oilseed rape
  • Sowing rate: c.10kg/ha as a companion crop
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