• Scientific name: Brassica napus
  • Used for nutrient capture and a subsoiler
  • Biological activity against plant parasitic nematodes
  • Excellent for weed control
  • Dual tolerance to hot and cold
  • Excellent choice if cold tolerance is desired

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



Scientific Name: Brassica napus

About Rapeseed:

Rapeseed (Brassica napus) has deep fibrous root systems and is used for nutrient capture and a subsoiler. This brassica has been shown to have biological activity against plant parasitic nematodes as well as weeds. It has great versatility when it comes to planting because it can be planted in the spring for a summer cover crop, and may also be planted in the fall for a winter cover crop. Because of its hot and cold dual tolerance it can be a better choice than radish’s in some cases. If you are needing a crop that can last through the winter, it is the best choice if more cold tolerance is desired for the blend or for grazing.


Seed SpecificationsSowing Instructions
Average seed per pound: 157,000Aerial or surface seeding: 2.5 – 6 lbs/per acre
Emergence time: 4 – 10 daysDrill: 2 – 5 lbs/per acre
Minimum soil temperature for germination: 41 degrees FahrenheitBroadcast: 2.2 – 5.5 lbs/per acre

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(Brassica napus)

Rapeseed USDA  Plant Brochure

PDF version of the Plant Rapeseed

Prepared By: United States Department of Agriculture, Agriculture Research Service

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Rapeseed and Mustard Plant Sheet

PDF version of Plant Guide and Fact Sheet

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Helpful Links

Additional information about this product can be found on the academic websites linked below.


Many plants have more than one common and scientific name. We've listed a few of them below.

  • Rapeseed
  • Brassica napus
  • Colza
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