Broadleaves provide additional forage options and can also provide some outstanding soil health benefits.  Mostly annuals, these will be easy to manage and are typically easy to establish. 

 

Impact Forage Collards.

Impact forage collards are a hybrid brassica selected for superior forage quality, high forage/biomass production, grazing and winter survival. With an ability to thrive in conditions below zero for several days without snow cover, it is one of the most winter hardy brassicas available. On the other extreme, once Impact’s large taproot penetrates deep into the soil profile, it can still be productive during the hot, dry summers. Impact can tolerate close grazing pressure due to the growing point being near the soil surface which also allows for fast regrowth after grazing.

 

Turnips

Barkant

Diploid turnip variety that has tankard type bulb with good top growth. High sugar content provides winter hardiness and increased palatability. 9-12 wks maturity.  Capable of forage production up to 5 times of that of purple tops.  Barenbrug

Purple Top

Common bulb type turnip. Used primarily late summer-early fall for autumn grazing.

 

Rape

Rape is a cool-season annual plant similar to turnip and rutabaga. Produces large, flat leaves that grow between 12 to 20 inches long, and 8 to 15 inches wide. Grows to a height of 2 to 4 feet.

 

Eco-Till Radish

Eco-Till Radish is a Daikon type forage radish variety specifically developed for fall/winter cover crop applications. These radishes offer impressive benefits to the soil and the environment including the reduction of soil compaction, improved nutrient recycling, increased organic matter, enhancement of soil tilth and suppression of weeds, to name a few. FSG

 

Forb Feast Chicory

High summer growth combined with excellent forage quality and elevated mineral content makes this a great choice for interseeding into existing forage stands. Bred for bolting resistance which makes it highly palatable.    Barenbrug

 

Peas

Cowpeas

A warm season plant that establishes easily, provides high yields, and is better suited than soybeans for planting with summer annuals for ensilages. Cowpeas also have the ability to grow on poorer soils and are sometimes used to rehabilitate areas by growing as a green manure crop.

Double Ought Peas.

Double Ought peas are dual purpose peas that can be used for spring production as well as winter. A blend of Whistler Winter Peas and Icicle Peas, Double Ought combines the semi-leafless, excellent standing variety of Whistlers with the exceptional forage production of icicle. Both varieties are white blossomed with excellent palatability and superb cold tolerance.