A very palatable, high-quality forage used as a complement to grasses, brassicas are scavengers, typically high in protein and very low in fiber. They use their tap roots to mine the soil for nutrients that would have otherwise been lost and are excellent for increasing diversity, addressing soil compaction, and suppressing the root-knot nematode. It is recommended that brassicas be grazed with grasses to make sure livestock have adequate fiber in their diet. Most will winter kill with multiple days of temperatures in the teens, so timely fall planting is critical for maximizing growth. They are not recommended for dry hay.

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