Forbs and Brassicas
Prairie Creek Seed offers multiple varieties of forbs and brassicas suitable across a range of environment conditions in the upper Midwest and western regions. Grazing livestock find brassicas and forbs very palatable and nutritious because they are rich in minerals and other nutrients. Forbs and brassicas pull nutrients from deep in the soil, while improving soil health long-term by introducing diversity into the sward.
Forage Feast is chicory that is classified as a forb. Forbs are non-leguminous broadleaf plants that are rich in minerals and other compounds. They typically are known for the suppression of internal parasites in livestock and other beneficial attributes. It is fast to establish and can be grazed the first year which will give early returns on the seed investment.
Hunter is a hybrid developed by crossing turnips with related Asiatic leaf vegetables of the same species. The resulting quick-growing, leafy turnip, with minimal bulb development, is best suited to multiple grazings for summer and early fall feed requirements. This hybrid is excellent quality forage, providing high live weight gains for finishing stock to target weight in summer/fall.
Tonic plantain is the only certified plantain cultivar. Tonic is a flexible cultivar for pastoral systems, cover crops and all agriculture. Tonic is a perennial, upright, cool-season forb. It has a unique root structure, allowing surface scavenging and deep mining of the soil. Drought tolerance and winter productivity in a wide range of environments and soil conditions makes Tonic an important consideration with all grasses and legumes. As cool-season forage, Tonic extends pasture quality in hotter regions traditionally dependent on warm-season feed.
Graza’s palatability, yield and quality under grazing situations compares favorably with the typically used leafy turnips. This radish has a remarkable digestible dry matter and metabolizable energy level, higher than corn or sorghums. Graza is a cost effective cultivar to grow, easy to sow and quick to germinate. It does not need special tillage or planting equipment as it’s easy to drill into stubble.
Forage Rape and Turnip Cross
T-Raptor is a cross between a forage rape and forage turnip. This gives this hybrid brassica a fast establishing habit while putting down a tap root. The lack of producing a bulb reduces the choking risks associated with a true turnip. Either as a grazing forage or simply a additional cover crop T-Raptor will establish quickly and offer soil health benefits.
Herbal blend consists of small burnet, plantain, chicory, and Canada milkvetch. This blend has been described as very beneficial to animal nutrition and soil health. These fine forbs extract available minerals from the soil at a higher rate than grasses and legumes. They have the ability to scavenge for minerals that are essential to create true proteins for the ruminant animal to utilize. They are highly mineralized and have beneficial compounds for all classes of livestock.
Winfred has good frost tolerance and retains leaf and stem quality in frosty or cold conditions. This feature may extend grazing times from early summer into early winter. Once established, Winfred is tolerant of dry conditions. This product becomes a flexible multifaceted tool ideal for summer, fall and winter feeding. Winfred is supported by an aggressive root system. This makes it an excellent cover crop option in soil improvement systems incorporating grazing.
Barkant is a truly improved forage turnip variety. Bred for leaf production; it out yields most other available turnip varieties. Barkant has yielded more than 145% over Purple Top turnips in on farm trials.The leaf production was a staggering 540% over Purple Tops. Barkant’s growth habit being a tankard type will improve soil health more readily than a bulb type, while producing more available forage for grazing.
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