Dwarf Essex Rape

  • Succulent, leafy & quick-growing
  • Good biomass accumulation; especially ideal for fall grazing. Leafier and taller than turnips
  • We like dwarf Essex rape in cover crop blends for its rapid and vigorous growth, low cost and high seeds/lb.
  • Performs better than radishes for aerial application in dry soil conditions


Dwarf Essex Rape
Performance Table
Species NameDrilledBroadcast/AerialIn MixApprox. Seeds/lbSeeding Date RangeSeeding DepthWinter Kill
Dwarf Essex Rape4-77-91-2145,000March-May, July-Sept¼ - ½ inchYes
Cover Crop Radish (Daikon)6-88-92-325,000Aug-Sept¼ - ½ inchYes
Carwoodi Oilseed Radish6-88-92-325,000Aug-Sept¼ - ½ inchYes
Purple Top Turnips3-55-61-2220,000March-May, July-Sept ¼ - ½ inchYes
Forage Kale3-44-51-2144,000March-May, July-Sept¼ - ½ inchYes
Pacific Gold Mustard15-2020-253-5180,000Feb-April, Aug-Sept¼ - ¾ inchYes
Yellow Mustard15-2020-253-5180,000Feb-April, Aug-Sept¼ - ¾ inchYes
Winter Camelina691-2400,000Sept - Oct¼ - ½ inchNo
Ethiopian Cabbage3-44-51-2144,000March-May, July-Sept¼ - ½ inchYes


  • Succulent plant related to cabbage
  • Persists well after the first frost but rarely overwinters in Upper Midwest

Best Use:

Forage for hogs, sheep, and young stock. Can be grazed multiple times.


Ready to pasture in 6 to 8 weeks. Keep it cut or grazed down so it doesn’t get tall and woody. Supplement perennial cool season pastures in August and September or interseed warm season grasses to improve their feed quality. Can blister white pigs from grazing.

Planting Date:

Early spring until August


3 lbs/acre or 1-3 lbs in a mix ¼” deep