Feldherr

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  • Sowing Time Late September to early November
  • Grazing Seasons Autumn, Winter
  • Time To First Grazing Anytime after all herbicide, fungicide and insecticide grazing withholding periods are met. Typically 24-28 weeks to reach yield potential

Feldherr is a high-yielding, monogerm hybrid fodder beet with a light orange bulb colour. It has a low bulb drymatter percentage (12-15%)*, which some farmers prefer for grazing. Feldherr can produce large bulbs and high yields for its type and is suitable for all classes of stock; particularly young stock, older animals and deer.

Feldherr has a high proportion (60-80%) of the bulb out of the ground.

  • True mono-germ cultivar
  • Low drymatter type (12-15%*)
  • 60-80% of the bulb above ground
  • Larger bulb type
  • Suited to grazing with all stock classes
  • Above ground colour: Orange

*Variation in DM % can occur under different sowing rate and/or environmental conditions. Northern North Island drymatters have consistently been lower than stated. 

 
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Sowing & Establishment

Suggested Sowing Time Late September to Early November
Suggested Sowing Rate (seeds/ha) 80,000-90,000 grazing
Time to First Grazing Anytime after all herbicide grazing withholding periods are met. Typically 24-28 weeks to reach yield potential
Number of Potential Grazings 1
Potential Yield (t DM/ha)

Average = 18-22

Top = 30 +

Bulb DM% 12-15%*
Seed Type True monogerm
In-situ Grazing  Most suited
Mechanical Harvesting Not suitable
  • Sowing Rate 80,000-90,000 grazing
  • Sowing Time Late September to early November

VARIETIES

Agricom has been supplying fodder beet to farmers for a number of years, and in that time has conducted research into cultivar performance, crop husbandry and animal feeding techniques. Agricom has partnered with world leading French fodder beet breeding company, Florimond Desprez, to access new genetics for improved yield and quality. Table 1 shows the varieties Agricom markets in New Zealand.

TABLE 1: FODDER BEET VARIETY BULB DM %
Low Medium High Sugar Beet

Feldherr
12-15%

Jamon
16-18%

Bangor
16-18%

 

Brunium
16-20%

   

Enermax
19-21%

Tadorne
20-26%

 

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Feldherr ticks the box for a true low DM mono-germ variety. Perfect for younger stock and great leaf retention through the winter months.

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