African

Forage Cabbage

Brassica oleracea

Technical Data Sheet

Description

African Forage Cabbage is high in both Potassium and Calcium and will accumulate Sulfur over time. Frost tolerant, cold weather is known to make African forage cabbage more palatable.

Growth Pattern

Growth Pattern

Growth Pattern

African Forage Cabbage has thick leaves with wavy edges and deep, fibrous roots.  Plants will produce large yellow flowers.

Interseeding

Interseeding

Interseeding

Not Recommended

Did You Know?

Did You Know?

Did You Know?

Seeds/Lb: 105,000 – 115,000

Adaptation

Grown best in colder, moist conditions, African Forage Cabbage requires at least 6 hrs. of sunlight daily.

Soil Conditions

Soil Conditions

Soil Conditions

Soil pH:  6.0 – 8.0

Growth

Growth

Growth

Optimum Growth Range:  40°F – 70°F

Establishment

Seed with 4” – 6” between plants and 2 ft. between rows. Thin seedlings to a spacing of 18”, and keep soils moist to avoid crusting or uneven germination. Plant spring seedings up to 4 weeks before the last frost date for the region or 6 – 8 weeks before the first frost date if fall planting.

Planting

Planting

Planting

Seeding Depth: ¼”

Seeding Rate

  • Monoculture: 5 – 8 Lb/A

Germination

Germination

Germination

Min Time To Emergence: 7 – 14 days

Ideal Temp:  55°F – 75°F

Management

African Forage Cabbage should be rotationally grazed.

Grazing

Grazing

Grazing

Earliest Time To Graze: 10″ – 12″

Fertilizing

Fertilizing

Fertilizing

Avoid overfertilization as excess nitrogen can lead to nitrate poisoning.

At Planting: 15 Lb/A N

During Grazing Season: 60 Lb/A N

Hay/Silage

Hay/Silage

Hay/Silage

Not Recommended

Recovery

Recovery

Recovery

Minimum Graze Height: 6” – 8”

Rest Period: 21 days

Mixes

Mixes

Mixes

  • Buckwheat

Yield

Yield

Yield

Tons of Dry Matter/A: 2+

Considerations

African Forage Cabbage is not suited to permanent pasture applications.

Competition

Competition

Competition

African forage cabbage is not competitive — seed with other non-competitive plants.

Risks

Risks

Risks

Feed comprised of large amounts of African Forage Cabbage may taint milk. Nitrogen may accumulate in African Forage Cabbage plants and lead to Nitrate poisoning. Slow acclimation to the feed and selenium or iodine supplements are useful for some animals on African Forage Cabbage diets.

Diseases

Diseases

Diseases

  • Alternaria Leaf Spot
  • Anthracnose
  • Black Rot
  • Clubroot
  • Damping-Off
  • Powdery Mildew
  • Sclerotinia Stem Rot
  • Watery Soft Rot
  • White Rust
  • Bacterial Soft Rot
  • Blackleg
  • Downy Mildew
  • Ring Spot

Pests

Pests

Pests

  • Slugs
  • Snails
  • Beet Armyworm
  • Cabbage Aphid
  • Cabbage Looper
  • Cutworms
  • Diamondback Moth
  • Flea Beetle
  • Cabbage Worm
  • Thrips
  • Root Know Nematode

Please Note:

All information provided is the result of research, our own experience, or the experiences shared by our customers.

We strongly encourage consulting additional resources before planting to ensure the best fit for your location and needs.

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