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I'm looking for some recommendations on a cover crop that will last through to the end of January'.

This is a family pheasant shoot with 1 shoot day in November and 1 shoot day at the end of January.

It's a totally organic farm so any cover crop has to grow without and be free from chemicals and fertilizers.

What do those in the know recommend

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How long is a piece of string ? Choices Choices. If you don't have a big population of badgers then maize stands well and can be inter rowed with millet.  A good lashing of cow muck will keep maize happy.  There are a selection of ready made mixes from a number of suppliers which will do this job.   A dozen rows of maize on the down wind side of prevailing winds and a few rows of millet on the outside of that should do the job. You can cut access into the maize for a few feeders.   But as I say choices choices.

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Thanks Walker, we've been using millet but it tends to be giving poor cover by the end of January. We have a real problem with Badgers and are actually going to do away with one drive because of them.

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You could try a kale/rape hybrid as you have no chemical control this may be a alternative, when i have used it it has out grown flea beetle damage, 

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Contact King's we used to buy ours from them they have a solution for most cover crops.

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Might be different down south but hard to beat old fashioned kale for holding late season birds. The colder it is the better it holds them in our experience. 

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Thanks for the suggestions. Kale may be a good option but i'll give Kings a shout and see what they recommend too.

 

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Best talk to your seed merchant as they will advise you and send out a agronomist 

 

you also get subsidies for the right crop 

 

kale is 3year cover crop very good for holding birds BUT flea bettle loves it

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We always had Kale as our go to for cover, it will stand high winds and frosts, gives good protection to the birds and can be grown with little or no fertilizer , (depending on your soil quality of course) , we used it very successfully back in the 70's and 80's through some very bad winters.

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