Barkant forage turnips are an improved forage turnip variety from Barenbrug USA. Bred for leaf production, Barkant forage turnips out yields most other turnip varieties available. Barkant forage turnips are a very vigorous diploid turnip variety with a purple tankard root in which 50% of the bulb is on top of the ground. Barkant forage turnips has a high bulb yield with good top growth. It also has high sugar content which provides winter hardiness and increased palatability. Barkant forage turnips have good tolerance to bolting and under a correct grazing management system can provide multiple harvests with up to 4-6 tons per acre of dry matter production in 60 to 90 days. Barkant forage turnips are also suitable for stockpiling or strip grazing with cattle or sheep.
Suggested seeding rates: Seed 3-5 lbs/acre alone, 1-3 lbs/acre in a mixed stand.
Approx. seeds/lb.: 200,000 – 220,000
Seeding depth: Seed ¼” to ½” deep in a firm, moist seedbed.
Ave. Emergence time (days): 7
Preferred soils: Well-drained soils with balanced fertility. Fields should be free of perennial weeds and any herbicide carryover.
Management suggestions: Use 60 lbs N/acre at planting. Strip graze to minimize waste.