Hunter is a hybrid developed by crossing turnips with related Asiatic leaf vegetables of the same species. The resulting quick-growing, leafy turnip, with minimal bulb development, is best suited to multiple grazings for summer and early-fall feed requirements. Hunter hybrid is excellent quality forage, providing high weight gains for finishing stock to target weights in summer/fall. Sow 2 lbs/acre with 10 lbs/acre Italian ryegrass for extended grazing, from summer through fall.
Suggested seeding rates: Seed 4 lbs/acre alone, 1-2 lbs/acre in a mixed stand.
Approx. seeds/lb.: Not available
Seeding depth: Seed 1/8″ deep in a firm, moist seedbed.
Ave. Emergence time (days): 7
Preferred soils: Medium to heavy soils with good soil drainage.
Establishment: Seed should be planted in a firm, moist seedbed. Hunter hybrid can be broadcasted or drilled with 6 to 8 inch rows at 3-4 lbs. per acre. It is very important not to plant the seed too deep; one-eighth of an inch will work best. To prevent disease and pest problems, brassicas should not be planted more than two consecutive years in the same location. Hunter responds well to fertilizer.
Management suggestions: Hunter can be sown in spring or late summer. Hunter is quick to establish, ready for first grazing 6-8 weeks after planting. Strip-grazing prevents both yield and quality losses due to tramping and polluting. It is also important not to overfeed the cattle when they are allowed to graze the brassica at first. Extreme high dry matter intake of brassicas can cause health problems. Stock should be allowed to adjust to the change of diet. Supplementing with other forages will also prevent these problems.