Dwarf Essex Rape


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Dwarf Essex Rape:

A forage brassica plant that has been used extensively in deer food plots and for livestock grazing. Rape is a fast growing brassica that is heat, cold, and drought tolerant. Rape becomes more attractive to deer after a frost because the sugar content will become more concentrated. Dwarf Essex Rape is a green leafy fast growing plant that produces large flat leafs that will grow between 12 – 20 inches long, 8 to 15 inches wide and may grow to a height of two to four feet. Forage produced can contain 18 – 20% crude protein. Good tolerance allows for harvesting or grazing late into the fall and winter. Prefers a pH between 5.5 and 8.3.


Soil Types: Fertile moist

Seeding Rate: 8 – 10 pounds per acre

Planting Depth: ¼ inch

Planting Date: May – August

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