Major Plus Brassicas
High proportion of bulb
Bred under grazing selection
Major Plus is a full maturity swede variety (from 160 days), and is characterized by its yellow-fleshed broad elliptical shaped bulb with red skin color. Major Plus is a new generation swede with high yield potential. 84% of its yield is in the bulb, providing very high energy.
Major Plus can be used to extend the grazing season as the cool season pasture season ends. Both the bulbs and leaves are highly digestible. Suitable for cattle, sheep and other similar livestock. It can also be used as a break crop in order to convert older pastures to different species and newer varieties. An annual crop gives a bigger window to eliminate the old undesirable forage through the use of herbicides.
Sowing and Establishment:
Plant in the spring after soil warms to 50F. Sow Major Plus at a rate of 0.8-1.5 lbs per acre. Plant at 1/4" to 1/2" deep. Seed can be no-tilled into suppressed sod, or seeded into a conventionally prepared seedbed. If tillage is conducted, let the first flush of weeds germinate, then till the field one more time to control weeds. After final tillage pass, firm soil with a culti-packer, then either drill or broadcast seed. Following seeding, culti-pack field once more to improve seed-to-soil contact.
Follow soil test recommendations. Nitrogen: If not using manure, apply 75 lb/A nitrogen at seeding, followed by an additional 70 lbs/A after 60-80 days. Avoid fields high in sulfur.
Leaves have very high energy and low fiber. Nitrate testing is advised for high fertility scenarios. Bulbs are very high in energy, but low in protein and fiber.
- Start by grazing for no more than 1-2 hours per day. Slowly increase to a maximum intake over at least 7-10 days to allow rumen to adjust.
- Feed extra fiber while grazing or allow access to stockpiled grass pasture.
- Consult with your nutritionist to ensure ration is balanced.