Shield Broadleaf Mustard Cover Crop Plant Leaves

Shield mustard is impressive in both cover crops and forage production for grazing livestock. The large leaves of Shield mustard, when planted mid to late summer, provide excellent fall ground cover to protect the soil. Shield mustard and Bayou kale complement each other nicely in mixes. If allowed to grow to maturity, Shield mustard can reach heights more than 7 feet. With a C:N ratio of 12-26:1, Shield mustard sequesters nutrients and releases them in late spring of the next growing season.

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Key Benefits

  • Reduces White Mold and Sudden Death Syndrome in Soybeans

  • Quickly Recovers When Rotationally Grazed

  • Fast Growing

  • Excellent for Quick Forage

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

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: 4
Broadcast: 5
Aerial: 9
Seeding Depth ¼ – ½”
Minimum Germination Temperature 40° F
Interseed Early & Late
Seeds/LB 185,000 – 205,000

Technical Information

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

LBS/A

Drilled: 4
Broadcast: 5
Aerial: 9
Seeding Depth ¼ – ½”
Min. Germ. F° 40° F
Interseed Early & Late
Seeds/LB 185,000 – 205,000