Primarily used for grazing applications due to high moisture content, Antler Chicory will accumulate minerals naturally. A good source of the trace minerals potassium, calcium, magnesium, sulfur, zinc, and sodium, Antler Chicory will also help control gastrointestinal nematodes. A natural wormer, Antler Chicory will also reduce manure odors. When properly managed, Antler chicory leaves are higher in nutritional and mineral content than alfalfa or other cool-season grasses. A deep taproot provides access to moisture during drought conditions. Growth rates from April through October can average up to 50 lb. per acre per day. Although Antler Chicory flower stems are less digestible than the leaves, lamb trials have recorded gains of 0.6 lb. per day and 820 lb. per acre. Fresian bulls have seen 2 lb. a day gains when grazing Antler Chicory—a great replacement to supplement the traditional ‘summer slump’ of other cool-season forage species.
Antler Chicory prefers moderately drained soils with medium to high fertility levels. It is drought tolerant thanks to a deep taproot that will keep it performing even when many other forages succumb to the summer heat. Both tolerant of moderate acidity and low fertility, wet soils are a problem for Antler Chicory.
Spring drill seed into a moist, firm seedbed as early as possible in the season to avoid slug damage to seedlings. Uniform depth of planting is essential and, if broadcasting, utilize a cultipacker on seedbeds before and after seeding.
Antler Chicory, when managed well, will have a stand life of 5 – 7 years.
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