McDonalds Seeds

Forage Crops Annual Winter Seed

COMMON NAME
BOTANICAL NAME
CULTIVAR
TIME TO SOW
SOWING RATE
SITE PREFERENCE
UTILIZATION
WINTER      
OatsAvena sativaHeros / Saia OverbergJan – April40 – 60All soils, preferably irrigatedGood grazing hay and silage. Cover crop for early ryegrass. Better winter production than ryegrass if sown in late autumn.
       
TriticaleTriticosecale March – May50All soils, preferably irrigatedTall growing cereal suitable for grazing and silage.
BarleyHordeum vulgare Jan – April30 – 50All soils, preferably irrigatedAs for oats.
Rye / Stooling RyeSecale cerealeSSR.1 TrojanJan – April50All soils, preferably irrigatedBetter than oats for sheep grazing, otherwise the same.
VetchVicta sp.Hairy / Wooly pod / Grazing HifaFeb – March25 – 30Most soil formsUsually sown with annual grass or cereal to improve the quality of the grazing. Unpalatable on its own.
       
LupinsLupinus luteus / yellowAurga Baer / Juno / KievFeb – April40 – 60Most soil formsMainly sown in winter rainfall areas for grazing conserved feed &
 Lutinus albus / whiteHantie / Buttercup   inclusion in animal concentrates. May be used to improve poor soils
SerradellaOrnithopus sativusCommon pinkFeb – April10 – 20Sandy soils tolerates low fertilityMainly sown in winter rainfall areas and may be used to improve poor soils, grazing or conserved feed.