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Forbs

DESCRIPTION

Forbs are a high value crop that has some valuable advantages for your livestock. They are known for their exceptionally high energy levels and have high protein levels of 20-23%. Forbs are a very mineral rich grazing herb. Two forbs that are a very good fit for pasture grazing are chicory and plantain. Chicory can be a little harder to manage due to its tendency of going to seed in the summer. Also, to be the most productive, it needs more rest periods. Plaintain fits very well into grazing mixes and has excellent regrowth as well as very high digestibility.

MANAGEMENT

Forbs need to be managed properly. Chicory is not very persistent if it does not get a 25 day rest period between grazings. It can be used in a wide range of soil types and can be planted monoculture. Plantain is not recommended for use in a monoculture situation but works very well in use with brassicas for grazing and pasture. It is ready to be grazed when the leaf tears before the plant is pulled out. Yield data shows over 6 tons of dry matter for well managed plantain.

ESTABLISHMENT

Establishment into a firm seed bed is imperative. The monoculture seeding rate should be 5 to 8 lbs and 1 to 2 lbs in mixes. Forbs responds well to fertilizers, especially nitrogen.



Tonic Plantain

  • Adapts well to drier regions, less fertile soils, lower pH, and heavy clay soils
  • Fast establishing
  • Both a tap and fibrous root
  • Exceptional quality
  • Provides consistent dry matter production in all seasons
  • More growth in the summer and faster recovery in the fall
  • Additional value, in terms of dry matter and quality, in a diverse range of farming systems
  • Elevated mineral content

Zones: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

Grouse Chicory

  • Excellent choice for farmers needing year-round production of high quality forage
  • Very active even in cool seasons
  • Extends the window of feed quality in dryer weather
  • Supports high clover content
  • Good grazing tolerance

Zones: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6


Forage Feast Chicory

  • Deep tap root makes it drought tolerant
  • Excellent summer production and winter hardiness
  • More bolt resistant
  • A great plant to increase animal performance

Zones: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6