Wholecrop is rapidly gaining in popularity for a number of reasons:
- Escalating protein costs. Soya and other protein sources has become increasingly expensive in recent years. Wholecrop lupin mixtures can replace bought-in soya and other protein sources, saving the farmer a fortune in bought-in protein. With livestock and dairy margins tight, and the largest single cost on UK dairy and livestock farms being the bought-in feed costs, feeding wholecrop reduces the need for supplementary feedstuffs, and saves large amounts of money.
- Wholecrop can be produced using on-farm skills and equipment. It is generally much cheaper to grow than maize, and can also be harvested in August, allowing an Autumn sowing to take place of either grass, winter cereals, or a winter forage like kale.
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Wholecrop - Mixtures
Download below PDF's for more information on each mix, regarding agronomy, costs, yield & analysis etc.
|Wholecrop option||Mixtures||Status||Download document (PDF)|
|Spring Flexi Mix||Vetch & Triticale||Well proven||Spring Flexi Mix (226 kb)|
|Winter Flexi Mix||Vetch & Triticale||New||Winter Flexi Mix (252 kb)|
|Avon Mix||Spring Triticale & White Lupins||Well proven||Avon Mix (181 kb)|
|Trent Mix||Spring Wheat & White Lupins||Well proven||Trent Mix (169 kb)|
|Clyde Mix||Spring Triticale & Yellow Lupins||Well proven||Clyde Mix (170 kb)|
|Cherwell Mix||Spring Oats & Blue Lupins||Well proven||Cherwell Mix (169 kb)|
|Hamble Mix||Spring Barley & Yellow Lupins||Well proven||Hamble Mix (172 kb)|
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Wholecrop options - Straight cropping options
|Wholecrop option||Straight cropping|
|Logo Spring Triticale||A superior alternative to wholecrop spring wheat, barley, or oats. Read more about the Spring Triticale.|
|White Lupins||For most wholecrop situations where a straight Lupin silage is desired.|
|Yellow Lupins||A new option for wholecrop situations in the North where a straight Lupin silage is desired.|
|Blue Lupins||For wholecrop situations in the very North, where a straight Lupin silage is desired.|
|Peas for wholecrop||For those looking for a straight wholecrop pea|
Pre-inoculated Seed Exclusively from Soya UK
In 2005, Soya UK developed and introduced the process of pre-inoculating Lupin mixes.
This system simplifies the drilling operation by avoiding the need for the grower to inoculate the seed in the drill with separate sachets, and will allow growers of larger areas to take seed in 500kg bags, ready to go into the drill.
Since 2007, this has been our standard system, and remains exclusive to Soya UK Ltd, although seed is still available for situations where the use of sachets is preferable. Pre-inoculated seed is available in either 500kg or 25kg bags.