Peas and barley - arable silage
Peas and barley can be used by livestock farmers in arable silage mixtures as a high-protein source of homegrown.
Peas and barley can produce arable silage that provides high-protein forage for livestock farmers and leaves residual nitrogen for the following crop.
Key benefits of arable silage
- Once ensiled, arable silage provides an excellent winter feed for all livestock.
- With high dry matter digestibility, arable silage produced from peas and barley is ideal for dry cows or store cattle.
- Arable silage mixtures can be undersown with a new grass and clover seed mixture to maximise land use further.
- Undersown grass is typically ready for grazing four to five weeks after an arable silage crop is removed.
- For cutting, you can expect seven to eight weeks.
Nutritional information of peas and barley
- Crude protein content: 13-16%
- Dry matter digestibility: 60-65%
- Dry matter: 30%
Ask about our arable silage mixtures
Sowing Period: April to early June
Utilisation period: Harvest 10-12 weeks after sowing
Standalone sowing rate: 75 kg/acre
Sowing rate when undersown with a grass seed mixture: 14 kg/acre grass along with 35-40 kg mixture (60% cereal-40% peas)
Fresh yield: 30-35 t/ha fresh or 9 t/ha DM