Bayou Kale Cover Crop Plant

Bayou Kale is a mid-maturing forage brassica with good winter hardiness, a smooth leaf, and a nutty flavor that is sweet to human taste. This kale variety has a smaller stem but grows to a height of eight feet when taken for seed production. Bayou has excellent regrowth when rotationally grazed, and the stems are more palatable than forage rapes for cattle and sheep. Used in food plots for deer as well as upland game birds, animals will eat the Bayou first when planted beside Dwarf Essex.

When planted in late summer or early fall, it is considerably more winter hardy than radishes and helps control erosion.

The spring green-up of Bayou is similar to forage rapes, while its seed size and crop management are similar to other brassicas, like turnips. Seed should be planted at 7 lbs/ac when planted as a single species and 2-3 lbs/ac when mixed with other crops. Planting for Bayou should occur between July – August for the Midwest and between September – October for the South.

Key Benefits

  • Winter-hardy

  • Breaks up soil compaction and protects from erosion

  • Excellent regrowth

Herbicides To Avoid

Corn

Soybean

Technical Information

Erosion Control
Forage Quality
Nitrogen Source
Nutrient Scavenging
Quick Growth
Soil Building
Weed Suppression
Winter Hardiness
Seeding Rate LBS/A Drilled: 5 – 6
Broadcast: 6 – 8
Aerial: 8 – 10
Seeding Depth 0.25″ – 0.5″
Minimum Germination Temperature 43° F
Interseed Yes
Seeds/LB 130,000

Technical Information

Erosion Control
Forage Quality
Nitrogen Source
Nutrient Scavenging
Quick Growth
Soil Building
Weed Suppression
Winter Hardiness
Seeding Rate

LBS/A

Drilled: 5 – 6
Broadcast: 6 – 8
Aerial: 8 – 10
Seeding Depth 0.25″ – 0.5″
Min. Germ. F° 43° F
Interseed Yes
Seeds/LB 130,000