Purple Top Turnip Cover Crop Plant

Established in mid to late summer, purple top turnips are used for grazing early fall into late winter. Turnips mixed with annual ryegrass and other cereal grains make a good fall feed when broadcast into corn or soybeans before harvest. The turnip tops and bulbs are both edible, highly digestible and a good source of sulfur. Purple top turnips should not be overseeded in excess of 2 lbs/ac in mixes.

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Key Benefits

  • Early Fall/Late Winter Grazing

  • Highly Digestible

  • Good Source of Sulfur

Herbicides To Avoid

Corn

Soybean

  • Chlorimuron (Classic, Canopy, Cloak, etc.), Imazethapyr (Pursuit), and fomesafen (Reflex etc.) could be a problem for fall seeded legume or mustard covers including radish.  However, establishment of cereal grains should be OK.

Technical Information

Erosion Control
Forage Quality
Nutrient Scavenging
Quick Growth
Soil Building
Weed Suppression
Winter Hardiness
Nitrogen Produced
Seeding Rate LBS/A Drilled: 2 – 4
Broadcast: 2 – 5
Aerial: 2 – 5
Seeding Depth ¼” – ½”
Minimum Germination Temperature 45° F
Interseed Early & Late
Seeds/LB 180,000 – 200,000

Technical Information

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

LBS/A

Drilled: 2 – 4
Broadcast: 2 – 5
Aerial: 2 – 5
Seeding Depth ¼” – ½”
Min. Germ. F° 45° F
Interseed Early & Late
Seeds/LB 180,000 – 200,000