T-Raptor Hybrid

T-Raptor Hybrid

$61.00 $56.12 per 25 lb. bag

T-Raptor Hybrid is an early maturing hybrid brassica, a cross between a forage turnip and a forage rape, with a 50-70 day crop duration.  T-Raptor Hybrid can be a quick source of forage during the summer months when cool season perennial forages slow down.

  • High forage yield
  • Multiple grazings
  • Graze in 6-8 weeks
  • Rapid regrowth
  • Suitable for all grazing stock

Orders placed after October 1, 2018 is considered a Prepay order for 2019. Prepay orders are shipped around the first of March 2019. Please note in the comments if you need the seed shipped prior to that. 

 

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T-Raptor Hybrid
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Description

T-Raptor Hybrid is an early maturing hybrid brassica, a cross between a forage turnip and a forage rape, with a 50-70 day crop duration. T-Raptor Hybrid exhibits a leafy growth habit (higher leaf-to-bulb ratio) and is well-suited to grazing. Under ideal management, it can be grazed once a month. T-Raptor Hybrid is an excellent late-summer feed source, and a good supplement for late-summer periods when cool-season forage grasses slow in production. T-Raptor Hybrid is best sown in spring or summer.

Forage Brassicas are useful for extending the grazing season when other forages are less productive. Brassicas can provide higher crude protein and digestibility at half the cost of hay or conserved forages. Brassicas have extremely high yield potential when grown on high fertility soils and properly managed. Brassicas can produce as much as 40 tons (wet) per acre. Cold, drought and heat tolerant, these crops commonly provide valuable feed when other crops are less productive.

Suggested seeding rates:  Seed 3-4 lbs/acre alone, 1-2 lbs/acre in a mixed stand.

Approx. seeds/lb.:  160,000 to 200,000

Seeding depth:  Seed 1/8″ deep in a firm, moist seedbed.

Ave. Emergence time (days):  7

Preferred soils:   T-Raptor requires good soil drainage and a pH between 5.3 and 7.

Establishment:  Seed should be planted in a firm, moist seedbed. T-Raptor 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.  T-Rapter responds well to fertilizer.

Management suggestions:   T-Raptor can be sown in spring or late summer. T-Raptor 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 turnips 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.

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