With up to 25% protein in its leaves, Bayou Kale is an excellent deer food plot component. Rich in vitamins A, C, and the B group, Bayou Kale has a high feeding value and is equivalent to early spring grass in quality with high crude protein between 16% and 18%. Bayou Kale will grow better in colder weather and has a cold tolerance higher than any other brassica species. A frost will also sweeten the leaves and increase palatability. Bayou Kale is a fantastic follow-up to grass & white clover grazing, allowing animals to continue grazing later into the winter months. Kale can achieve maturity in as little as 90 days and will allow for two crops a year. Winter killed if not pastured closely, Bayou Kale is rich in minerals such as potassium and calcium and will accumulate sulfur over time.
Plant Bayou Kale in sandy loam to light clay soils. Intolerant of waterlogged conditions, Bayou Kale prefers mild, moist climates with deep, rich, mellow soils. Palatability goes down with warmer weather, but it can survive in temperatures down to 10°F.
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