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Grass Companion Option for Sainfoin & Lucerne

Ref: mixluc

We recommend the use of a non-competitive grass mixture to be sown with sainfoin and lucerne. The grass fills the base of the crop, increasing yield and soluble sugars to improve silage fermentation and ground cover if being grazed. The grass seed element should be surface sown and rolled in. There are several advantages, but the right balance between the species must be struck. The grasses increase the total yield of forage, especially in the first cut as the grasses start growing in advance of the lucerne/sainfoin. Grasses also provide competition against weeds which enables lucerne/Sainfoin leys to be left down for an extra year or two. The grass seed element should be surface sown and rolled in.

Persistence (0-10 Years)
               
Grazing Suitability (1-5)
     
Cutting Suitability (1-5)
     

Contents per Acre%kg
certified PARDUS meadow fescue66.72.00
certified ANJO timothy33.31.00
Units AcHaKg

£15.45 / Acre

Sowing rate: 3.0kg/acre (7.5kg/ha)

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