WCCS, Kudos can be sown from autumn to early spring (February-September) in the North Island and Canterbury, or autumn to early spring (February-September) in Southland. The recommended sowing rate is 170-180 kg/ha to achieve 250-300 plants/m2, but this will vary with seed size and sowing date (increase populations from 250 to 300 plants/m2 for later sowings). Weed and aphid management is similar to cereals grown for grain.
Kudos delivers flexibility to farmers as it can be sown from autumn through to early spring. Kudos can be grazed once when 2.5 t DM/ha has been reached, then left for WCCS. Careful management should be applied to avoid overgrazing and affecting regrowth. Spring sown Kudos results in high quality green chop or WCCS and is the preferred option for spring WCCS production. Spring sown triticale is not a difficult crop to grow and has a wide harvest window (compared with barley). When harvested at the recommended stage (approximately 130 days from August sowings in Canterbury), silage has a good energy level and is sought after by dairy farmers. The variety Prophet is also used for silage production, but is generally planted in autumn primarily for winter grazing and spring silage.