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Better kale crops mean better cover for game.

Some kale crops used for game cover this year were quite stunted and thin.

So this coming season, growers are being advised to follow some simple steps to ensure their crops get the best chance to establish successfully.

Martin Titley, of Advanta Seeds, says: "The roots of stunted plants may show signs of ball-like swellings. This is the tell-tale sign of club root.

"Strategies to prevent this disabling disease are to stop growing brassica species and rotate crops.

"Alternatively, by growing Caledonian kale - the only variety bred for club root resistance - kale can be sown on a continuous basis on prime game cover areas. Always check the soil for pH, as kale thrives well in levels of approx 6.5.

"Kale will also benefit from an application of either FYM or a high N fertiliser into the seedbed prior to drilling.

"As the seeds are quite small, seed bed preparation is vitally important; rolling after drilling will ensure seeds germinate quickly. Kale is ideal in design as a game cover crop - a protective leafy canopy on top and bird runs at ground level."

More information on Caledonian kale can be found in Advanta Seeds' new game cover seed catalogue.

Copies of the Hi-bird catalogue can be requested by email hibird@advantaseeds.co.uk
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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Feb 9, 2004
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