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NOTICE: From time to time, supplies of Certified Organic Seed run out. When this occurs, we use the organic seeds (in a mixture) that we still have and then use Untreated non-GMO seed for the remainder of the mixture. We will then issue a non-GMO letter upon request.

Forbs are a high value crop that has significant 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. Plantain fits very well into grazing mixes and has excellent regrowth as well as very high digestibility.

Forbs are a perfect fit for organic producers because they provide lots of health benefits. On our farm, we use 2 lb. Tonic with all new grass seedlings because it usually stays in for two years. Cows really go for it.

We don’t know of any organic forbs and have not been able to get it grown organically.

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 mono culture. 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 mono- culture seeding rate should be 5 to 8 lbs and 1 to 2 lbs in mixes. Forbs respond well to fertilizers, especially nitrogen.

Tonic Plantain
UT
  • 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


Forage Feast Chicory
UT
  • 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