Forage brassicas are very cold hardy and can extend the grazing season late into the fall. They grow extremely fast and provide very nutrient dense feed at times when growth is limited for many other species. Brassicas fit well into some annual crop rotations such as small grains or summer annual forages. Adding brassicas to a grazing plan can not only extend the grazing season but can also reduce the reliance on expensive feed inputs. There are many different species of forage type brassicas on the market today including mustards, turnips, radishes, and kales. In 2017, the University of Vermont’s Northwest Crops & Soils Program conducted a forage brassica variety trial to evaluate yield and quality of commercially available forage brassica varieties.
Vermont, University of Vermont Extension
Darby, Heather; Ziegler, Sara; Gerrvais, Amanda; Gupta, Abha; and Ruhl, Lindsey, "Forage Brassica Variety Trial" (2017). Northwest Crops & Soils Program. 9.