Rapeseed Cover Crop Plant

Dwarf Essex Rapeseed is a cool season winter annual in the brassica family used in many cover crop mixes. It is easy to establish via drill, broadcast or aerial application is fast growing in the fall, and has a sizeable fibrous root system including several root hair offshoots that help break compaction. Dwarf Essex Rapeseed is planted later than radishes, and will often survive the winter to continue soaking up nutrients in the spring.

Key Benefits

  • Strong winter-hardiness

  • Suppresses disease

  • Easy to establish

Herbicides To Avoid

Corn

  • Atrazine or simazine at >1 lb will be problematic for legumes and mustards unless lots of rain

    • <0.75 lab/A may allow for most legume cover crops, mustards, and annual ryegrass.
    • Atrazine < 1 lb/A can allow cereal grain establishment
  • Mesotrione (Callisto, Lumax, Lexar etc.), flumetsulam (Python) and clopyralid (Stinger, Hornet, SureStart) can be problematic for legumes and mustards like canola and forage radish.

Soybean

Technical Information

Erosion Control
Forage Quality
Nitrogen Source
Nutrient Scavenging
Quick Growth
Soil Building
Weed Suppression
Winter Hardiness
Seeding Rate LBS/A Drilled: 4 – 6
Broadcast: 6 – 8
Aerial: 8 – 10
Seeding Depth 0.25″ – 0.5″
Minimum Germination Temperature 41° F
Interseed No
Seeds/LB 157,000

Technical Information

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

LBS/A

Drilled: 4 – 6
Broadcast: 6 – 8
Aerial: 8 – 10
Seeding Depth 0.25″ – 0.5″
Min. Germ. F° 41° F
Interseed No
Seeds/LB 157,000