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Cost effective soil management to satisfy Greening requirements

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Cost effective soil management to satisfy Greening requirements

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The CAP reform has introduced new legislation across the farming industry under the banner of ‘Greening’. There are various criteria which must be met in order to satisfy the requirements and ensure you receive your full ‘Greening’ payment, which is worth 30% of the basic farm payment. We can help you achieve some of these criteria with the use of grass leys, leguminous crops and environmental mixtures.

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Summer Green Manure - CoverCoat

Ref: MIXCCEC
Sowing rate: 4 kg per acre (10 kg/ha, 1 g/m²)

In warm soils, this mix can provide 150kg of N per hectare from a summer sowing. Very rapid growth with the potential to leave in over winter. To make this mixture as cheap as possible to plant, we have coated the seed in our 'CoverCoat' treatment.  For drilling you may wish to use the uncoated version of this mixture below.

If weed suppression or high biomass is required then we would suggest increasing the sowing rate, from 4-6kg/acre (10-15kg/ha)

The CoverCoat works on many levels to enable the seed to be broadcast into a standing cereal crop from your normal tramlines.  This gives the mixture a head start in establishment, especially if your cereal harvest is later than expected, and saves on the cost of cultivation and drilling.  Without CoverCoat the smaller seeds would not travel as far with a broadcaster, and would not germinate as well due to lack of soil contact.  To give the legumes the best chance of success CoverCoat also contains the appropriate rhizobium.  For more information on CoverCoat please click here.

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Contents

1.00kg (25%)
certified Italian Ryegrass CoverCoat
0.72kg (18%)
certified Crimson Clover Covercoat & Rhizobia
0.72kg (18%)
certified mustard
0.40kg (10%)
certified Persian Clover CoverCoat & Rhizobia
0.40kg (10%)
commercial Sweet Clover CoverCoat & Rhizobia
0.40kg (10%)
certified fodder radish
0.12kg (3%)
certified ALTASWEDE red clover CoverCoat + Rhizobia
0.12kg (3%)
certified DAWN alsike clover CoverCoat & Rhizobia
0.08kg (2%)
certified Tillage Radish CoverCoat
0.04kg (1%)
certified Yellow Trefoil CoverCoat & Rhizobia
2.5 kg (25%)
certified Italian Ryegrass CoverCoat
1.8 kg (18%)
certified Crimson Clover Covercoat & Rhizobia
1.8 kg (18%)
certified mustard
1 kg (10%)
certified Persian Clover CoverCoat & Rhizobia
1 kg (10%)
commercial Sweet Clover CoverCoat & Rhizobia
1 kg (10%)
certified fodder radish
0.3 kg (3%)
certified ALTASWEDE red clover CoverCoat + Rhizobia
0.3 kg (3%)
certified DAWN alsike clover CoverCoat & Rhizobia
0.2 kg (2%)
certified Tillage Radish CoverCoat
0.1 kg (1%)
certified Yellow Trefoil CoverCoat & Rhizobia
0.25 kg (25%)
certified Italian Ryegrass CoverCoat
0.18 kg (18%)
certified Crimson Clover Covercoat & Rhizobia
0.18 kg (18%)
certified mustard
0.1 kg (10%)
certified Persian Clover CoverCoat & Rhizobia
0.1 kg (10%)
commercial Sweet Clover CoverCoat & Rhizobia
0.1 kg (10%)
certified fodder radish
0.03 kg (3%)
certified ALTASWEDE red clover CoverCoat + Rhizobia
0.03 kg (3%)
certified DAWN alsike clover CoverCoat & Rhizobia
0.02 kg (2%)
certified Tillage Radish CoverCoat
0.01 kg (1%)
certified Yellow Trefoil CoverCoat & Rhizobia
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Summer Green Manure (uncoated seed)

Ref: MIXCCE
Sowing rate: 4 kg per acre (10 kg/ha, 1 g/m²)

In warm soils, this mix can provide 150kg of N per hectare from a summer sowing. Very rapid growth with the potential to leave in over winter.

If weed suppression or high biomass is required then we would suggest increasing the sowing rate, from 4-6kg/acre (10-15kg/ha)

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Contents

1.00kg (25%)
certified DANERGO tetraploid Italian ryegrass
0.72kg (18%)
certified HEUSERS OSTSAAT crimson clover
0.72kg (18%)
certified TILNEY mustard
0.40kg (10%)
certified MARCO POLO persian clover
0.40kg (10%)
commercial sweet clover
0.40kg (10%)
certified IKARUS fodder radish
0.12kg (3%)
certified ALTASWEDE red clover
0.12kg (3%)
certified DAWN alsike clover
0.08kg (2%)
Tillage Radish
0.04kg (1%)
certified VIRGO PAJBJERG yellow trefoil
2.5 kg (25%)
certified DANERGO tetraploid Italian ryegrass
1.8 kg (18%)
certified HEUSERS OSTSAAT crimson clover
1.8 kg (18%)
certified TILNEY mustard
1 kg (10%)
certified MARCO POLO persian clover
1 kg (10%)
commercial sweet clover
1 kg (10%)
certified IKARUS fodder radish
0.3 kg (3%)
certified ALTASWEDE red clover
0.3 kg (3%)
certified DAWN alsike clover
0.2 kg (2%)
Tillage Radish
0.1 kg (1%)
certified VIRGO PAJBJERG yellow trefoil
0.25 kg (25%)
certified DANERGO tetraploid Italian ryegrass
0.18 kg (18%)
certified HEUSERS OSTSAAT crimson clover
0.18 kg (18%)
certified TILNEY mustard
0.1 kg (10%)
certified MARCO POLO persian clover
0.1 kg (10%)
commercial sweet clover
0.1 kg (10%)
certified IKARUS fodder radish
0.03 kg (3%)
certified ALTASWEDE red clover
0.03 kg (3%)
certified DAWN alsike clover
0.02 kg (2%)
Tillage Radish
0.01 kg (1%)
certified VIRGO PAJBJERG yellow trefoil
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Winter Cover Crop - CoverCoat

Ref: MIXCCLC
Sowing rate: 4 kg per acre (10 kg/ha, 1 g/m²)

Sown just before or after the combine, this super quick mix covers the soil, fixes N while the weather is warm and picks up N that would otherwise be washed out of the soil. This mix will stay green and continue to grow until severe frosts.  To make this mixture as cheap as possible to plant, we have coated the seed in our 'CoverCoat' treatment.  For drilling you may wish to use the uncoated version of this mixture below.

If weed suppression or high biomass is required then we would suggest increasing the sowing rate, from 4-6kg/acre (10-15kg/ha)

The CoverCoat works on many levels to enable the seed to be broadcast into a standing cereal crop from your normal tramlines.  This gives the mixture a head start in establishment, especially if your cereal harvest is later than expected, and saves on the cost of cultivation and drilling.  Without CoverCoat the smaller seeds would not travel as far with a broadcaster, and would not germinate as well due to lack of soil contact.  To give the legumes the best chance of success CoverCoat also contains the appropriate rhizobium.  For more information on CoverCoat please click here.

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Contents

0.88kg (22%)
certified Westerwolds CoverCoat
0.80kg (20%)
certified mustard
0.80kg (20%)
certified Crimson Clover Covercoat & Rhizobia
0.64kg (16%)
certified Fodder Radish (25% Farmer/25% Toro/50% Maximus) CoverCoat
0.20kg (5%)
certified STALA phacelia CoverCoat
0.20kg (5%)
certified Tillage Radish CoverCoat
0.20kg (5%)
certified ALTASWEDE red clover CoverCoat + Rhizobia
0.16kg (4%)
certified Persian Clover CoverCoat & Rhizobia
0.12kg (3%)
certified DAWN alsike clover CoverCoat & Rhizobia
2.2 kg (22%)
certified Westerwolds CoverCoat
2 kg (20%)
certified mustard
2 kg (20%)
certified Crimson Clover Covercoat & Rhizobia
1.6 kg (16%)
certified Fodder Radish (25% Farmer/25% Toro/50% Maximus) CoverCoat
0.5 kg (5%)
certified STALA phacelia CoverCoat
0.5 kg (5%)
certified Tillage Radish CoverCoat
0.5 kg (5%)
certified ALTASWEDE red clover CoverCoat + Rhizobia
0.4 kg (4%)
certified Persian Clover CoverCoat & Rhizobia
0.3 kg (3%)
certified DAWN alsike clover CoverCoat & Rhizobia
0.22 kg (22%)
certified Westerwolds CoverCoat
0.2 kg (20%)
certified mustard
0.2 kg (20%)
certified Crimson Clover Covercoat & Rhizobia
0.16 kg (16%)
certified Fodder Radish (25% Farmer/25% Toro/50% Maximus) CoverCoat
0.05 kg (5%)
certified STALA phacelia CoverCoat
0.05 kg (5%)
certified Tillage Radish CoverCoat
0.05 kg (5%)
certified ALTASWEDE red clover CoverCoat + Rhizobia
0.04 kg (4%)
certified Persian Clover CoverCoat & Rhizobia
0.03 kg (3%)
certified DAWN alsike clover CoverCoat & Rhizobia
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Winter Cover Crop (uncoated seed)

Ref: MIXCCL
Sowing rate: 4 kg per acre (10 kg/ha, 1 g/m²)

Sown just before or after the combine, this super quick mix covers the soil, fixes N while the weather is warm and picksup N that would otherwise be washed out of the soil. This mix will stay green and continue to grow until severe frosts. 

If weed suppression or high biomass is required then we would suggest increasing the sowing rate, from 4-6kg/acre (10-15kg/ha)

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Contents

0.88kg (22%)
certified Westerwold ryegrass
0.80kg (20%)
certified mustard
0.80kg (20%)
certified Heusers Ostsaat crimson clover
0.64kg (16%)
certified fodder radish
0.20kg (5%)
certified phacelia
0.20kg (5%)
Tillage Radish
0.20kg (5%)
certified ALTASWEDE red clover
0.16kg (4%)
certified Marco Polo persian clover
0.12kg (3%)
certified DAWN alsike clover
2.2 kg (22%)
certified Westerwold ryegrass
2 kg (20%)
certified mustard
2 kg (20%)
certified Heusers Ostsaat crimson clover
1.6 kg (16%)
certified fodder radish
0.5 kg (5%)
certified phacelia
0.5 kg (5%)
Tillage Radish
0.5 kg (5%)
certified ALTASWEDE red clover
0.4 kg (4%)
certified Marco Polo persian clover
0.3 kg (3%)
certified DAWN alsike clover
0.22 kg (22%)
certified Westerwold ryegrass
0.2 kg (20%)
certified mustard
0.2 kg (20%)
certified Heusers Ostsaat crimson clover
0.16 kg (16%)
certified fodder radish
0.05 kg (5%)
certified phacelia
0.05 kg (5%)
Tillage Radish
0.05 kg (5%)
certified ALTASWEDE red clover
0.04 kg (4%)
certified Marco Polo persian clover
0.03 kg (3%)
certified DAWN alsike clover
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Red Clover (Trifolium pratense)

Ref: MERULA
Sowing rate: 6 kg per acre (15 kg/ha, 1.5 g/m²)

N Fixer. The best clover for N fixation, soil structure and weed suppression. Sow March to September. Lasts for at least two years and will make silage.

Red clover can be used as part of your greening measures, as a 'pasture legume' or a 'nitrogen fixing crop' option.

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Contents

6.00kg (100%)
Red Clover
15 kg (100%)
Red Clover
1 kg (100%)
Red Clover
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Certified Berseem Clover

Ref: AKEN
Sowing rate: 6 kg per acre (15 kg/ha, 1.5 g/m²)

Berseem Clover is also referred to as Egyptian Clover, it will establish rapidly in warm temperatures but will be killed by winter frosts. It is an annual clover which shares similar properties to Persian Clover. Sow into warm soils from May-September. 

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Contents

6.00kg (100%)
Certified Berseem Clover
15 kg (100%)
Certified Berseem Clover
1 kg (100%)
Certified Berseem Clover
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Lucerne Four Year Cutting Crop

Ref: MARSH
Sowing rate: 8 kg per acre (20 kg/ha, 2 g/m²)

The selection of the correct variety is important. We have selected Marshall as being the best this year. This offers good resistance against Verticillium wilt, a disease which is soil-borne and must be avoided if lucerne is to be grown regularly. Sow with a small seeds drill or broadcast. 

Lucerne can be used as part of your greening measures, as a 'pasture legume' or a 'nitrogen fixing crop' option.

Lucerne requires a particular bacteria to be present in the soil for it to nodulate successfully. Nodules on the roots allow the plants to fix nitrogen and develop correctly.  The culture required for this can be ordered seperately.

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Contents

8.00kg (100%)
certified MARSHAL lucerne
20 kg (100%)
certified MARSHAL lucerne
1 kg (100%)
certified MARSHAL lucerne
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Sainfoin Four Year Cutting or Grazing Crop

Ref: SAI
Sowing rate: 35 kg per acre (87.5 kg/ha, 8.75 g/m²)

On the right ground this is a superb crop.  Lasting 4 years or more it is extremely valuable for finishing lambs due to it's high protein content, but it also has a number of other medicinal benefits for all types of stock.  It's tannin content ensures improved utilisation of protein by the animal, and also it is a natural wormer, reducing worm polulation both in the stock and in the field.  Tannins also prevent bloat, so feeding sainfoin as part of a legume rich diet can eliminate the risk of  bloat too.  With very deep roots sainfoin is very drought tolerant so dry, free draining soil you will struggle to beat it.  Sainfoin (also known as Healthy Hay) makes high quality hay and can also be ensiled or grazed.

Sow sainfoin with the optional 'Grass Option' mixture to help weed suppression and also bulk-up yield in the first year.  If ordered, the grass should be spun on seperately after the sainfoin has been drilled, due to the vastly different seed sizes.  Click here to see the grass option mixture.

A sainfoin ley should be managed carefully. Sainfoin produces a cut of silage in early June. Hay may be taken if preferred. Sainfoin should be cut during early flowering but may be delayed without much loss of feed value if needed. Regrowth is less than for the first cut and may be cut again or grazed. Grazing should be light and quick to avoid damage to the plant. Never set stock it or it will become thin.  Sainfoin seed can be undersown to spring cereals or direct drilled in April or May at around 30mm. (If undersown the cereal sowing rate should be reduced to 40 kg per acre.) 

Sainfoin can be used as part of your greening measures, as a 'pasture legume' or a 'nitrogen fixing crop' option.

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Contents

35.00kg (100%)
commercial Sainfoin
87.5 kg (100%)
commercial Sainfoin
1 kg (100%)
commercial Sainfoin
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The Operation Pollinator Mix Just Legumes

Ref: MIXOP
Sowing rate: 4.8 kg per acre (12 kg/ha, 1.2 g/m²)

Approximately 50% of all ELS pollen and nectar areas have been sown with the Operation Pollinator seed mix. It is a mixture of legumes without grasses to provide a flower-rich area. The use of this mixture on heavy soil types is a good option where sown grasses can become dominant. There is less growth without grass which means less material when cut. All pollen and nectar mixtures are best mown after flowering, with the cuttings removed where possible to encourage further flowering. Clover-based mixtures last for three or four years and then need replacing. Sow at 10-12 kg per hectare.

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Contents

1.72kg (35.8%)
certified red clover
0.96kg (20%)
certified late flowering red clover
0.96kg (20%)
certified alsike clover
0.96kg (20%)
commercial Sainfoin
0.10kg (2.1%)
certified birdsfoot trefoil
0.05kg (1%)
Lesser Knapweed
0.05kg (1%)
Musk Mallow
4.3 kg (35.8%)
certified red clover
2.4 kg (20%)
certified late flowering red clover
2.4 kg (20%)
certified alsike clover
2.4 kg (20%)
commercial Sainfoin
0.25 kg (2.1%)
certified birdsfoot trefoil
0.13 kg (1%)
Lesser Knapweed
0.13 kg (1%)
Musk Mallow
0.36 kg (35.8%)
certified red clover
0.2 kg (20%)
certified late flowering red clover
0.2 kg (20%)
certified alsike clover
0.2 kg (20%)
commercial Sainfoin
0.02 kg (2.1%)
certified birdsfoot trefoil
0.01 kg (1%)
Lesser Knapweed
0.01 kg (1%)
Musk Mallow
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Buffer Strip Grass Margin Mix Two, Four or Six Plus Metre

Ref: MIXGM
Sowing rate: 10 kg per acre (25 kg/ha, 2.5 g/m²)

An ideal mixture for buffer strips on cultivated land. It is suitable for all soil types and creates habitat for small mammals, invertebrates and birds. Its main purpose is to protect vulnerable areas, such as water courses, from agrochemicals and fertilisers. This mixture is suitable for ELS and can also be used as an option in HLS. Once established, these areas only need to be cut once a year after mid July. If sowing a six metre margin we recommend leaving the outer two or three metres uncut to provide tussocky cover for insects and wildlife. The best results come from either spring sowing, when the soil temperature is above 5 degrees C, or after harvest and before mid September. Later sowings are slower to establish and can be vulnerable to slugs. Sow 25 kg per hectare.

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0.50kg (5%)
certified common bentgrass
2.00kg (20%)
certified timothy
2.00kg (20%)
certified meadow fescue
2.50kg (25%)
certified Olivia chewings fescue
1.00kg (10%)
certified cocksfoot
2.00kg (20%)
certified smooth stalked meadowgrass
1.25 kg (5%)
certified common bentgrass
5 kg (20%)
certified timothy
5 kg (20%)
certified meadow fescue
6.25 kg (25%)
certified Olivia chewings fescue
2.5 kg (10%)
certified cocksfoot
5 kg (20%)
certified smooth stalked meadowgrass
0.05 kg (5%)
certified common bentgrass
0.2 kg (20%)
certified timothy
0.2 kg (20%)
certified meadow fescue
0.25 kg (25%)
certified Olivia chewings fescue
0.1 kg (10%)
certified cocksfoot
0.2 kg (20%)
certified smooth stalked meadowgrass