Earlier sowing allows the OSR crop to be drilled into the companion mix, allowing better soil health, weed suppression and increased moisture retention, which all help crop establishment.
The fast-growing legumes start to fix nitrogen quickly, releasing it to the crop along with other nutrients during the season. Buckwheat creates a large amount of biomass but will break down with frost during the winter.
- Nitrogen fixing
- Disguising the OSR crop from pests
- Attracting beneficial insects
- Improved soil health
- Improved OSR growth
Mixture breakdown: Oilseed Companion
|Catch crops||Weight (kg)|
|Berseem clover||3 kg|
|Winter vetch||3 kg|
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Sowing rate: 1 ha pack – 10 kg
Sowing time: Sow from mid-July up until 15 September if sowing for ACRES
Sowing depth: 10-15 mm
Sowing instructions: Cultivate to achieve a fine, firm seedbed. Ploughing is not permitted if sowing in the ACRES scheme. Sow in good conditions (warm with rain forecast). Roll after sowing to ensure good soil/seed contact.
After sowing: Crop must remain in place until after 1 January if sown within ACRES. Leaving the crop in place over winter will help improve soil structure and reduce soil erosion.