ANNUAL BLENDS AND VARIETIES
“Pastoral Farming” integrates crops and livestock into a sustainable and profitable system. Annual grazing crop rotations are an important aspect of this system. Annuals or “short rotation” crops extend quality grazing, as they produce large amounts of biomass. These crops also act as a “break crop,” for interruption of disease and/or weed cycles in both conventional crops and perennial pasture.
These annual blends are made up of nutrient dense brassicas like Hunter, Winfred, Goliath, and Graza, all of which have been selected for their rapid growth, grazing tolerance, and nutrient density. In addition, we include annual legumes like Hairy Vetch, Crimson Clover and others for their nitrogen fixing properties.
These mixes are recommended based on the experience of the Union Forage technical team and our advisors. However, they are never limited. You can always include other seeds known to perform well in your area into the mix. Always call us to discuss your objectives and your planned seeding rates.
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The Relative Feed Value
While housing millions of microbes in a nutrient cycling ecosystem, healthy soil filters and stores water. This reduces the impact of flooding and drought.
Micorrhizal fungi plays an important role in soil health. These fungi seek out phosphates and other nutrients to bring back to the plants. They also connect plants together, allowing for a nutrient exchange among them. Micorrhizal fungi protects plants from fungal diseases and other root-feeding micro organisms, all while producing glomalin, which is important in creating soil structure and increasing space for air and water.