Best Selling Game Cover
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.
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 seed sizes mean it is best broadcast rather than drilled
- Game Maize, White Millet, Red Millet, Buckwheat, Kale, Sunflower, White Mustard, Forage Rape, Gold of Pleasure, Phacelia
- Sowing Rate: 10kg per acre. Packsize: 10kg
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)
Short stemmed, sturdy, broad-leaved and has a substantial seed head. Its shorter growing habit is ideal for exposed sites.
- Average height 1 - 1.25m
- 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 12kg per acre. Pack size: 8kg.
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
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 number of seeds to provide a valuable source of food
- Also attractove to many species of seed-eating song birds
- Often grown with kale as it begins to collapse with first frosts
- Available ready blended with Kale, see Overdrive Seed Mixture
- Sowing rate: 2kg per acre. Pack size: 2 kg
Reed Canary Grass (Phalaris arundinacea) is similar to Canary Grass (Aquatica) however it is much hardier.
- A perennial species which can last for 10 years
- Suitable for exposed northern sites - good frost and winter hardiness
- Strong stems and thick leaves provide reliable cover for ground-nesting birds
- Similar to conventional canary grass with improved hardiness
- Inoculated with rhizobia
- Sowing rate: 2.5kg per acre Pack Size: 2.5kg
White mustard is an ever popular choice for game cover. Very easy to establish and grows 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
- Also opular as a green manure crop
- Suitable for Countryside Stewardship (CSS): AB2
- Sowing rate: 15kg / ha
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