Bayou is a medium maturing forage brassica with good winter hardiness and a smooth leaf with a nutty flavor that is sweet to human taste. This kale has a smaller stem compared to kale yet grows to height of eight feet when taken for seed production.
Bayou has excellent regrowth when rotationally grazed, and the stems are more palatable than forage rapes for cattle and sheep. This Bayou is used in food plots for deer as well as upland game birds; when planted beside Dwarf Essex animals will eat the Bayou first.
In preliminary trials, the tap root of Bayou is very promising for opening up the soil. When planted in late summer or early fall, Bayou is considerable more winter hardy than radish; this helps protect the soil longer from erosion. Initial observations show that when Bayou was grown for cover it reduced Soybean Sudden Death Syndrome and possibly reduced white mold.
The spring green-up of Bayou is similar to forage rapes. Seed size and crop management of Bayou are similar to other brassicas, like turnip etc. Seed should be planted at 7 lbs/ac when planted as a single species and 2-3 lbs/ac when mixed with other crops. Bayou should be planted between July and August for the Midwest, or between September and October for the South.