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      Puna II Chicory

      Puna II is a forage crop for use as a pure stand or part of a mixed sward in medium to long-term rotational grazing.

      Puna II perennial chicory is the superior choice of chicory when seeking a broad-leaved forage crop as part of a mixed sward with grass and clover
      or grown alone in a pure stand. It can boost growth rates and productivity to finish stock earlier.

      This perennial variety, bred in New Zealand, gives greater persistency lasting 2-5 years, longer than the short-lived common chicory.

      Key benefits of Puna II chicory seed

      • Outstanding animal performance (e.g. lamb growth rates of 300-400g/day)
      • Yields up to 15tDM/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 bloating

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        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: 10 mm

        Sowing instructions: Sow chicory seed 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 10-15 mm. 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 chicory seed

        • Graze when the crop reaches a height of 10-15 cm and when plants are resistant to uprooting. Generally ready for grazing eight 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