Henderson Kale

Henderson Kale

SKU: 364215375135191

Kale

Brassica oleracea ssp. acephala

 

Kale, also known as Chou Moeller, is the most cold-tolerant of all forage brassica

  • varieties can be short and tall (2 m) 
  • flat, long Leaves.  
  • High leaf to stem ratio 
  • yellow, flowers l produce seed pods containing tiny round seeds.
  • Rainfall more than 650 mm required or irrigation
  • Plant as a mixture plantain, chicory, white clover, red clover
  • Sow in spring for grazing in autumn-winter 

 

pros

  • Drought tolerant, winter-active fodder crop with excellent feeding value
  • provide autumn-winter grazing in ~5-6 months after sowing 
  • can tolerate a broad pH range. Ensure Mo and B not deficient.
  • Cold tolerant and can stand heavy frosts

 

cons

  • slow growing Brassica 
  • requires high soil fertility and high levels of moisture.
  • Susceptible to pests slugs, Aphis, cabbage white butterfly, diamond black moth, cutworms, leafminers.Major diseases
  • disorders/toxicity Monitor stock for scouring, nitrate poisoning 
  • Avoid unrestricted access begin with 1-2 hr access daily and take 7-10 days before reach maximum allowance

 

Sowing/planting rates as single species

3 - 5 kg/ha. A high rate improves stem quality and aids a rapid early yield. Sow shallow (5-10 mm) in a finely worked firm, moist seedbed, cover with roller/mesh. Only suitable for direct-drilling in friable soil.

 

Sowing/planting rates in mixtures

0.5-2 kg/ha

 

 

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