Utopia is cross between wild kale and black mustard.
It has proven to be one of the most popular late sown game cover crops in the UK. The ideal sowing time is end of June to mid-July and with such rapid growth the crop will be established in November.
This crop will be suited to areas that would be too wet for cultivating and sowing before June. If sown too early it will bolt and reach up to 2 metres in height. After bolting it will shed its seeds providing both cover and feeding in its first year. It will die back then in the late winter and is will not survive for the second year.
It is ideal in a pheasant pen where it should be sown in March or April. It will establish fast and the birds will devour its succulent green leaves as they grow so bolting will not be an issue.
This crop establishes very fast like mustard and has large leaves like kale. It has reasonably good frost tolerance. The ideal sowing time is from mid- June to mid-July and will provide good cover by November. It grows almost twice as fast as rape and has strong stems.
Sowing rate is 2Kgs/.40Ha (1acre).
Cost €40.00/.40Ha (1ac) pack.