Wildbird Cover Crop seed mix has been specially blended to meet the criteria for the GLAS scheme
This GLAS wildbird cover crop contains the exact ratios of approved seed to satisfy the Department’s criteria for the wild bird cover crop. I have avoided oats in this mix as it tends to attract rats and crows in large numbers. For best results, plough the ground and sow with a one pass drill. The greatest mistake that people make is to not cover the seed properly. This is often a result of not creating a fine seedbed. If the Triticale seed in particular is not covered well enough, the crows will devour the full plot of it in one early morning raid. Use whatever method you can to keep the crows off the plot for one week after sowing. This advice is crucial and will be the making or breaking of the crop. One week of minding it is all it takes. After that, you can walk away. You do not have to do anything more, other than wait for the cheque to arrive!
This wildbird cover crop mix is a cheaper mix than my other game crops. However, you will find that is sufficient to meet the requirements laid down by the Department. To satisfy the Department’s criteria it must be sown each year. The GLAS wildbird cover crop mix can be alternated with kale every other year, if the applicant has chosen to plant half of the plot with a two-year crop such as kale. (We also supply kale, which you can use if you are adopting this system.)
Our GLAS wildbird cover is available in 22Kg bags.
You will need 4 bags per hectare, and we offer free delivery on all orders.
For orders of over 4 bags please phone or e-mail for better discounts.
How to sow:
The Sowing rate is 88kgs/Ha and this mix is best sown from mid-April mid-May. If conditions are not good, then sowing can be delayed until early June, but do check with your adviser regarding the sowing deadline as it is sometimes extended in wet years.
If you are sowing in June, the Triticale will grow the finest, but it will not ripen as this needs a long growing season to mature.