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Cover and feed crops for pheasant and partridge.

Game cover crops are provided by a small number of species. The most important is game maize which provides cover and food. Kale is second, often mixed with high-protein quinoa, and is great once established. Then millet, mustard, rape,  buckwheat and sunflower. These are frequently sown together in mixtures to provide good allround game cover and feed crops.

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General Purpose Game Mix

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

This is our best-selling game crop which is a traditional spring sown mixture containing species selected to provide feed and cover. It is of particular interest to pheasants and partridges, but is also attractive to other wild farm birds. It is best sown during April and May into a well-worked seedbed. It is worth creating a stale seedbed before sowing in order to reduce the weed population. The mixture should be sown at 20mm.

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Contents

0.50kg (5%)
quinoa
1.25kg (12.5%)
white millet
1.25kg (12.5%)
Red Millet
2.00kg (20%)
sunflower
2.50kg (25%)
commercial buckwheat
0.25kg (2.5%)
certified kale
0.50kg (5%)
certified forage rape
0.50kg (5%)
certified mustard
0.50kg (5%)
certified fodder radish
0.50kg (5%)
Reed Millet
0.25kg (2.5%)
fodder rape/kale hybrid
1.25 kg (5%)
quinoa
3.13 kg (12.5%)
white millet
3.13 kg (12.5%)
Red Millet
5 kg (20%)
sunflower
6.25 kg (25%)
commercial buckwheat
0.63 kg (2.5%)
certified kale
1.25 kg (5%)
certified forage rape
1.25 kg (5%)
certified mustard
1.25 kg (5%)
certified fodder radish
1.25 kg (5%)
Reed Millet
0.63 kg (2.5%)
fodder rape/kale hybrid
0.05 kg (5%)
quinoa
0.13 kg (12.5%)
white millet
0.13 kg (12.5%)
Red Millet
0.2 kg (20%)
sunflower
0.25 kg (25%)
commercial buckwheat
0.03 kg (2.5%)
certified kale
0.05 kg (5%)
certified forage rape
0.05 kg (5%)
certified mustard
0.05 kg (5%)
certified fodder radish
0.05 kg (5%)
Reed Millet
0.03 kg (2.5%)
fodder rape/kale hybrid
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Quinoa/Kale Mixture

Ref: MIXQUI
Sowing rate: 3 kg per acre (7.5 kg/ha, 0.75 g/m²)

This simple combination supplies the two key requirements of birds: cover and feed. The kale provides excellent winter cover and supports the quinoa plants. Quinoa is used as a grain crop in South America and, in the UK, it can provide 1-2 tonnes per acre of high protein feed from late autumn. To establish a good crop sow between April and May into a well worked seedbed which is free of weeds.

Please note; this mixture is not available organically.

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Contents

1.50kg (50%)
quinoa
1.50kg (50%)
certified kale
3.75 kg (50%)
quinoa
3.75 kg (50%)
certified kale
0.5 kg (50%)
quinoa
0.5 kg (50%)
certified kale
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Retrieve Mixture

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

For a summer sowing after a failed spring crop nothing beats rape and mustard. It’s quick, cheap and it works.

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Contents

1.00kg (16.7%)
certified forage rape
5.00kg (83.3%)
certified mustard
2.5 kg (16.7%)
certified forage rape
12.5 kg (83.3%)
certified mustard
0.17 kg (16.7%)
certified forage rape
0.83 kg (83.3%)
certified mustard
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Dwarf Sorghum

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

An annual crop with similar properties to maize. Sow in May or June. One acre packs.

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Contents

8.00kg (100%)
dwarf sorghum
20 kg (100%)
dwarf sorghum
1 kg (100%)
dwarf sorghum
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Sunflower

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

Drill after mid April into warm soils. Please specify dwarf (1-2 metres) or standard type (2 metres+).

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Contents

10.00kg (100%)
Sunflower
25 kg (100%)
Sunflower
1 kg (100%)
Sunflower
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White Millet

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

Highly recommended for its feed attributes. Millet is seldom sown on its own, however sown with maize or kale, results can be excellent. One method is to plant maize in the usual wide rows and then to drill or broadcast millet in blocks at right angles to the maize. This will ensure a steady release of birds. Sow during April and May.  

(Please note, the above picture is a Millet / Maize mixture)

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Contents

10.00kg (100%)
Millet
25 kg (100%)
Millet
1 kg (100%)
Millet
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Red Millet

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

Red millet has very similar attributes to its relative, white millet. Millet is seldom sown on its own, however sown with maize or kale, results can be excellent. One method is to plant maize in the usual wide rows and then to drill or broadcast millet in blocks at right angles to the maize. This will ensure a steady release of birds. Sow during April and May.  

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Contents

10.00kg (100%)
red millet
25 kg (100%)
red millet
1 kg (100%)
red millet
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Japanese Reed Millet

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

Japanese Reed Millet (often known as Tanka) is a stronger, reasonably hardy millet, used promarily for cover and holding up other millet species, rather than a food source.

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Contents

10.00kg (100%)
Japanese Reed Millet
25 kg (100%)
Japanese Reed Millet
1 kg (100%)
Japanese Reed Millet
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Kale

Ref: PIN
Sowing rate: 3 kg per acre (7.5 kg/ha, 0.75 g/m²)

A pure stand of kale provides cover. It has a good top cover and an open floor and is an ideal habitat for pheasants. Left to set seed it also provides for finches, sparrows and buntings. Sow from late April through May.

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Contents

3.00kg (100%)
certified PINFOLD kale
7.5 kg (100%)
certified PINFOLD kale
1 kg (100%)
certified PINFOLD kale
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Game Maize

Ref: KATY
Sowing rate: 14 kg per acre (35 kg/ha, 3.5 g/m²)

Maize is one of the most useful game crops providing a source of winter feed. The open bottom of a maize crop draws pheasants and partridges alike. It is best sown during late April.

PLEASE NOTE 1: Supplied in one acre packs only - please do not order by kg or by hectare.  If this is done by accident we will call to correct and confirm the number of acre packs required.

PLEASE NOTE 2: Game maize comes treated as standard and is therefore not suitable for organic farms.  Annually there are small amounts of untreated seed available but this is always in short supply.  Please call to confirm availablity.

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Contents

14.00kg (100%)
certifed Game Maize
35 kg (100%)
certifed Game Maize
1 kg (100%)
certifed Game Maize
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Canary Grass

Ref: CAN
Sowing rate: 3 kg per acre (7.5 kg/ha, 0.75 g/m²)

This perennial grass is drilled in wide rows (60-90cm) and takes a year or so to become established. From the second year the seed heads will reach two metres and the crop can usually be relied upon for 10 years. Good for pheasants and partridges as well as linnets and wrens. Sow in May.

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3.00kg (100%)
certified AUSTRALIA canary grass
7.5 kg (100%)
certified AUSTRALIA canary grass
1 kg (100%)
certified AUSTRALIA canary grass
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Reed Canary Grass

Ref: REED
Sowing rate: 3 kg per acre (7.5 kg/ha, 0.75 g/m²)

Grows taller than Canary grass and is more suitable to northern climates because it tolerates extreme cold weather. Reed Canary grass can be slow to establish, sometimes taking up to two years but it will tolerate a wide range of soil types. 

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3.00kg (100%)
Reed Canary Grass
7.5 kg (100%)
Reed Canary Grass
1 kg (100%)
Reed Canary Grass