Because Collard is a brassicas it can produce an excellent quality hay. However, the biggest difficulty is getting the biomass to dry down effectively. Using haylage or grazing is more suitable for this crop. Mowing is not a feasible option for termination because this species will effectively grow back from the crown. Don’t ever plant any collard in a field where canola will be grown due to potential disease issues.
Forage Collard biggest pest issue seems to be cabbage beetle. These beetles can devour the leaves with extreme effectiveness when in concentrated populations. Because this species has a slightly waxy leaf it can be difficult to get a good herbicide termination. To combat this utilize a surfactant or sticking agent to insure the chemical adheres to the leaf surface. It is best to use a broadleaf specific herbicide.
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