Cover Crop Series: Winfred Hybrid Turnip
Winfred Hybrid Turnip is a hybrid brassica. As a brassica, it is generally considered to be a cool-season plant but can be used in warmer weather if rainfall is timely. Winfred hybrid turnip appears to make good ground cover but biomass production will be low. It does not make a bulb like a turnip but instead makes a taproot typical of other broadleaf plants. Winfred looks more like a collard than a turnip. Seeding rate was 9 pounds per acre.
The Noble Research Institute is testing dozens of cover crop species with potential to help build soil health in the Southern Great Plains. This series features the cover crops we've grown on our Headquarters Farm in southern Oklahoma. These videos explore our results on establishment and growth, ground cover potential, and weed control for each crop.