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Kingshay's Knowledgebase - Alternative Forages

Catch Crop After Maize

Catch Crop After Maize

A timely maize harvest this season could provide the perfect window of opportunity to plant a highly productive, cost effective, catch crop grass ley. Doing so would prov...

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Cereal Options

Cereal Options

Summer is the time to assess forage supplies and consider if harvesting cereals as wholecrop will be beneficial to boost forage stocks and/or increase milk from forage ...

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Grass mixture selection

Grass mixture selection

Farmers reseed because renovated swards should yield 33% more in the first year and 10% more thereafter, than a 5 year old ley. However, the seed mixture plays a huge par...

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Herbal Leys

Herbal Leys

Planting a diverse mix of species as part of a herbal ley could help protect farmers against increasing weather volatility, whilst benefiting soil health, extending the g...

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Lucerne Farming Note

Lucerne Farming Note

Lucerne is a good source of home grown protein, helping to shelter you from fluctuations in the price of bought in proteins. It is a nitrogen fixing crop which will impro...

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Maize Eyespot

Maize Eyespot

The amount of maize grown in the UK has increased significantly over the last decade, due to both the three-crop rule and an increasing use of maize in anaerobic digester...

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Nitrates levels in grass

Nitrates levels in grass

Nitrates in forage can reduce milk yields and cause fertility problems, can turn silage butyric and even cause death in stock. This Farming Note covers: How to ens...

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Red Clover Farming Note

Red Clover Farming Note

With nitrogen fertiliser unlikely to get any cheaper, soya predicted to increase in price in the medium to long term and land now more readily available, it is worth cons...

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Red Clover Trial Update

Red Clover Trial Update

Red clover is probably the most reliable and consistent source of home-grown protein and can be grown over a range of soil types, in both organic and conventional systems...

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Sheeting The Clamp Farming Note

Sheeting The Clamp Farming Note

A well sealed silage clamp is critical to reduce DM losses, which can range from 5-18% in-silo and 1-10% at feed out. Sheeting technology has advanced in recent years, m...

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Summer Catch Crop Trial 2015

Summer Catch Crop Trial 2015

Bulbing turnips, leafy turnips, forage rape, rape/kale hybrids – which brassica should you grow for your summer catch crop?

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Summer Turnip Trial 2014 Results

Summer Turnip Trial 2014 Results

Kingshay grew five turnip varieties in a preferential grazing trial in the summer of 2014, to determine Which varieties gave the highest yields of dry matter, energy ...

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