Purple Top Turnips

  • Scientific name: Brassica rapa
  • Fast growing cover crop
  • Can reach maximum production levels in 70 to 90 days
  • Excellent source of fall grazing for livestock and wildlife
  • Helpful in reducing compaction of the soil
  • Fixes surface crusting
  • Sold in 50 pound bags

Quantity is per pound. Example: 1 = 1 lb, 2 = 2 lbs, 3 = 3lbs, etc. This is pure seed, not a live plant.



Purple Top Turnips (Brassica rapa) are a fast growing cover crop and can reach maximum production levels in 70 to 90 days. They can provide an excellent source of fall grazing for livestock and wildlife. Purple Top Turnips are usually grazed in normal growing seasons (April-August) and into the late fall. There is a crude protein of up to 24% in the leaves, and 15% in the roots.

Cover crops are a great investment, especially those with livestock or those that want to improve soil quality. Fruechte spoke at a winter meeting for the South Dakota Farm Bureau Association’s Young Farmers and Ranchers group. “Cover crops can be used as free solar energy to promote year-round growth and use of your land. Land values are high, and cover crops help get the most out of each acre.”

Finding the right cover crop is important in getting the most out of your land. Purple Top Turnips (Brassica rapa) are helpful in reducing compaction of the soil, fixing problems such as surface crusting, plow layer compaction and subsoil compaction. Of course, any kind of vegetation is also going to help with erosion control — a major essential to those with land.

Great Basin Seed’s Purple Top Turnips are sold in bulk pounds with approximately 220,000 seeds per pound! When you are ready to plant use 2-5 pounds per acre when planting pure turnip seeds. If you are planting a mixture of seeds use 1-2 pounds of turnip seeds per acre in your mix. Soil ph must be a minimum of 5.5.

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