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Topics : Species and Forage Variety Trials : Species Fact Sheets : Brassica

Species: Brassica

Additional brassica information via the Forage Information System (FIS)


Brassica Crop Summary

Brassica crops can produce high yields of highly digestible forage during periods when perennial forages have limited production. In addition, the digestibility of the forage remains high over a relatively longer period than perennial crops. Few crops offer as much potential as do brassicas to improve livestock carrying capacity from August through December. Spring-seeded brassicas can be used to supplement low producing cool-season pastures or as insurance against summer drought. Summer-seeded brassicas can extend the potential grazing season by providing forage for fall and winter grazing. These characteristics make the use of brassica crops in grazing situations very flexible and appealing to producers utilizing pastures in their livestock operation.