brassica rapa

Turnips are a close relative of rape (brassica napus) and is superior to rape with respect to late seed compatibility and location demands as well as cultivation in climatically unfavourable locations. In Germany, they are predominately cultivated as fodder and green fertiliser plant and as winter-hard catch crop after the harvest of stubble crop. As well as high yields and good ground loosening, turnips prevent nitrogen erosion into the ground water and bind the existing soil nitrogen in form of protein which is thus retained for the subsequent crop and/or in the feed.

Seed quantity: 10-15 kg/ha

Sowing time: July to September

Seed depth: approx. 20 mm

Row distance: 15 - 25 cm

Fertilisation: 70-90 kg N/ha