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Chicory - Puna II

Puna II is the leading perennial chicory variety, selected through a long term breeding program in New Zealand for its nutritive value, productivity, palatability and persistency.

Puna II is the leading perennial chicory variety, selected through a long term breeding program in New Zealand for its
nutritive value, productivity, palatability and persistency.

It is a broad-leaved perennial herb that can be grown as a pure stand or as a key part of mixed swards with grass and clover, for medium term
rotational grazing (3-5 year persistency). Perennial chicory should not be confused with short-lived common chicory which is sometimes grown.

 

• Lasts 3 – 5 years
• Outstanding animal performance (e.g. lamb growth rates of 300-400g/day)
• Yields up to 15 t DM/ha in a season; crude protein up to 25%; D-value 70-80
• High mineral content, including zinc, potassium and copper
• Good tolerance to drought, acid soils and major pests
• Rapid regrowth after grazing
• Reduces the effect of internal parasites
• Provides high quality feed through the summer
• Does not cause bloat

Usage Guide – Puna II Chicory

Sowing rate      1 kg/acre with 14 kg grass and clover (2.5 + 35 kg/ha)

2.5 – 3 kg/acre (6.0-7.5 kg/ha) if sowing a pure stand

Sowing Time     April to mid-August (if sown with grass), April-May (as pure stand)

Sowing Depth   10mm

Sowing Instructions

Sow in well drained soils. Control broad-leaved weeds before sowing. Cultivate to achieve a fine, firm seed bed. Ploughing will help level rough fields. Sow in good conditions (warm with rain forecast), no deeper than 10-15mm. Roll well after sowing to ensure good soil/ seed contact. N, P and K fertiliser requirements are similar to that of grass. Ensure optimum soil pH, P and K indices.

 

After sowing    

  • Graze when the crop reaches a height of 10-15 cm and when plants are resistant to uprooting. Generally ready for grazing 8 weeks after sowing
  • Rotationally graze for best results
  • Avoid flower heads developing (except once in the autumn as this can aid persistency)
  • Avoid damage to the crown as this will reduce yield and persistency (more likely with hard grazing in wet conditions)
  • If chicory produces seed, grazing with cattle is preferable over topping. Topping can allow water to penetrate the hollow stem and this can kill the plant
  • Ensure adequate N, P and K fertiliser is available to the plant

 

Uses     Dairy – Y

Cattle – Y

Sheep – Y