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A unique blend of Canola, Ethiopian Cabbage, Hunter Forage Brassica, Barkant Turnips and Winfred Brassica gives your food pot a great diversity to ensure your deer heard stays healthy.
Canola is a highly preferred brassica which keeps them coming back for more. Naturally sweet from beginning to end, deer will graze as soon as it starts to sprout and crave it from early bow season to late winter. Canola Crave produces massive volume all season long and can withstand heavy grazing.
Ethiopian Cabbage is a multipurpose brassica cultivar bred for use in biofumigation systems because of its glucosinilate compounds. However, it has proven to be valuable in other systems such as cover cropping and grazing. When spring planted in continental climates, Ethiopian Cabbage germinates quickly and grows to maturity within 40 days. When summer and fall planted on the west coast, Ethiopian Cabbage is relatively drought and heat tolerant. It will produce significant cool season quality and biomass in warm summer conditions.
Hunter forage brassica is a cross between turnip and rape. With its unique genetics, it is one of the fastest growing forage brassicas. In as little as 55 days after planting, Hunter forage brassica can be ready for grazing. With its rapid forage regrowth, livestock producers can get up to four grazing periods on this leafy, non-bulbing, turnip hybrid. Hunter forage brassica provides great forage for whitetail deer and can be planted alone or in a mix for high yielding food plots.
Barkant Turnips produce abundant high quality forage in both green leafy forage and in the high sugar root. Barkant turnips are an early maturing turnip with high concentrations of protein and yields in the leaf forage. 60-90 days for maturity. Leaves will be browsed well into the fall and deer will dig for the root in late fall or winter. This turnip is a great option to add in a fall brassica plot to add variety.
Winfred Brassica is hybrid cross between kale and turnip. With its particularly leafy growth, Winfred is highly digestible and has good palatability for grazing whitetail. With its superior regrowth potential, Winfred can be grazed up to four times within a growing season. Additionally, it has great frost tolerance and is known to stay green and lush when temperatures reach as low as 10°F. Whether used alone or in a mixture, this variety is a solid performer and is widely adapted to a range of climates and soils.