GrassLopata

CHICORY

Choice Chicory is bred from true perennial chicory parents under grazing evaluation and selected for high dry matter production, improved cool season growth and recovery from grazing.

Choice has been bred with very good leaf disease tolerance.

Choice gives high volumes of good quality summer feed for increased animal production. Choice is a good source of minerals (particularly Zn, Cu, Mg, P, Ca, K).

Choice is very productive over spring, summer and autumn, and is moderately active in mid-winter depending on the region of use. It is also one of the most drought tolerant plants available which are most expressed in fertile free draining soil.

Uses

There are two main ways that Choice chicory is used:

1. Mixed with a grass/clover pasture - this is the most common use of chicory because it requires very little change to pasture establishment and management practices. It is an easy way to increase animal production from pasture. Seed is mixed at a rate of 1 to 3 kg/ha, depending on the content required.

2. As a special purpose crop - this requires different establishment and management practices to grass pastures. It is, however, a more effective way of increasing animal performance because it provides a greater amount of high-quality feed over summer. Seed is sown at 6 to 8 kg/ha often with the addition of red and white clover.

Sowing & Establishment

Key Tips

  • Establish on a static or rising 12°C soil temperature
  • Use nitrogen at sowing and then again after first grazing regardless of the inclusion of clover
  • First graze should be at 7 true leaves which will be close 2,200 kg DM/ha
  • Following first grazing, graze when 20 – 25 cm high and down to a post grazing residual of 4 cm