After stubble turnip's

I'd really like to grow something to fatten lambs mid summer, we did spring turnip's this year very successfully after not getting winter wheat in due to the wet.
The only spare land we have to drill this spring is after autumn sown turnips.
I'm presuming we can't put turnip's back in again? If not what else can be sown that will be gone by late September?
 

Jerry

Member
Mixed Farmer
Location
Devon
I'd really like to grow something to fatten lambs mid summer, we did spring turnip's this year very successfully after not getting winter wheat in due to the wet.
The only spare land we have to drill this spring is after autumn sown turnips.
I'm presuming we can't put turnip's back in again? If not what else can be sown that will be gone by late September?
Rye corn?
Westerwolds?
 

neilo

Member
Mixed Farmer
Location
Montgomeryshire
That's what I said but got shot down. Wouldn't be rape or turnip for many years but 2 back to back turnips crops.
Plenty grow swedes for 2 years on the trot. Club root will/could build up gradually over years. I certainly wouldn’t worry about it, as long as it will be left out of brassicas for a good while after.

I think I would look at a leafy turnip (like Appin) or a hybrid (Redstart/Swift/etc) in your scenario though, to get several grazings out of it.
if you will be getting the benefit of the ground after, maybe even an annual clover crop which, although higher seed costs, need less fert input and leave residual N.
 

nails

Member
Location
East Dorset
I'd really like to grow something to fatten lambs mid summer, we did spring turnip's this year very successfully after not getting winter wheat in due to the wet.
The only spare land we have to drill this spring is after autumn sown turnips.
I'm presuming we can't put turnip's back in again? If not what else can be sown that will be gone by late September?
You can grow turnips one crop after the other. I have often grown an early crop and then put in another crop for winter.
 
Location
Ceredigion
Put spring barley in but whole crop or crimp it so it comes off earlier . You will get hell of a good crop after turnips
But I'm trying red clover this spring, been told its great for fattening lambs by quite a few who grow it
 

Henery

Member
Location
South shropshire
Westerwolds based mix, grows like stink, cheap and reliable to establish, multiple grazings, responds well to N.....
Tough to beat in this situation.......
 

The Big Farming Survey deadline is fast approaching

  • 112
  • 0
Copy of Untitled.png


The 31 March deadline for responses to RABI’s Big Farming Survey is fast approaching and everyone linked to farming across England and Wales is being encouraged to take part.

“The support that we’ve received since the launch of The Big Farming Survey in January has been incredible. We’d like to thank everyone who has already completed the questionnaire or promoted the research project more widely,” says RABI’s Chief Executive, Alicia Chivers.

“However, the more comprehensive the data collected, the better the reflection on the daily realities of people from all sectors of agriculture and across all regions,” she adds. “We therefore want to hear from farmers, farm workers, contractors, spouses, adult-aged children and...
Top