Swedes (150-200 days to grazing)
Swedes are 'all good' - the highest energy density root crop that can be grown. They also have the advantage of good winter hardiness, but the disadvantages of challenging establishment and few herbicides, so limited weed control options. Farmers are adopting different drilling techniques and a new generation of seed treatments is enhancing establishment and limiting Flea Beetle and Cabbage Root Fly damage. We select varieties for yield and disease resistance. If late feeding is required, go for hardy, higher dry matter varieties.
Seed treatments available: Untreated (U), Thiram/Sepiret (T) or Cruiser SB (C)
Seed grades available: Natural (N), Graded H (H)
Invitation: Bred in Scotland by JHI. High yields of dry matter roots. Excellent establishment vigour. Big tops. Very good resistance to Clubroot and Mildew. Best for hardiness. Ideal for late feeding. N, H; T, C
Gowrie: Bred by SCRI. The highest yielding variety. Medium dry matter %. High resistance to Mildew. Good resistance to Clubroot. Yields 8 t/acre more roots than Marian. Appropriate for both stock feeding and table use. N, H; T, C
Lomond: Bred by SCRI. Medium dry matter. Very high yielding. Dual purpose variety for grazing or human consumption. Good resistance to mildew, Clubroot and splitting. N,H; T,C Organic seed available.