Appin Turnip Seed - Appin forage turnip was bred for fast, vigorous establishment and quick maturity (60-100 days). It is firmly anchored in the ground for minimum wastage. Appin has a significantly higher proportion of leaf yield compared to other turnips and is multi-crowned for improved re-growth potential. Its high leaf-to-bulb ratio results in a very leafy crop with high digestibility. Appin is club root tolerant with good frost resistance.
Turnips like cool, moist soil conditions. Turnips will do best with about 60#'s/Acre of Nitrogen and 30-40#'s/Acre of Phosphorous.
Plant 1/4" to 1/2" deep. Seed can be no-tilled into suppressed sod or seeded into a conventionally prepared seedbed. If tillage is conducted let the first flush of weeds germinate then till the field one more time to control weeds. After final tillage pass, firm soil with a cultipacker then either drill or broadcast seed. Following seeding, cultipack field once more to improve seed to soil contact.
Potential grazing as early as 60 days. Start by grazing for no more than 1-2 hours a day. Slowly increase to a maximum intake over at least 7-10 days to allow rumen to adjust. Feed extra fiber during grazing and allow access to grass pasture. Consult with your nutritionist to ensure ration is balanced. Do not overgraze if planning multiple grazings. Do not plant turnips on the same site more than 2 consecutive years due to disease buildup. Turnips mature in 12-14 weeks. Fertilization enhances the productivity of turnips. Utilization is increased because after the tops are eaten off, stock cows, dry cows and ewes eat the bulbs. Grazing of turnips may taint milk so it is advised to keep keep dairy cattle off of the turnips for 3-4 hours before milking.