This brassica grows well in areas of high rainfall; however, they require well drained soils. With ideal growing conditions, swedes can yield up to 20 tons of dry matter per hectare.

Swedes are on the highest energy forage crops and since they are very frost tolerant, they can provide forage late into the winter and early spring.

Swede grows slowly and it typically requires 150-180 days to reach maturity. It can be used as a pioneer crop or to provide weed control and soil preparation prior to renovating with perennial pasture.

Swede Cover Crop
Swede forage