Ethiopian Cabbage

Ethiopian cabbage is a brassica that works great in grazing or as part of a cover crop mix. The leaves very palatable. Its great tap root that has many branch roots and can break up hardpan. Excellent nutrient scavenging and fertility building. It is not likely to overwinter in the Midwest, but Ethiopian cabbage seed possibly may survive milder winters further south.

  • Open leaf cabbage for cover crop or grazing
  • Deep-growing tap roots reduce soil compaction and break up hardpans
  • Excellent nutrient scavenging ability
  • Outstanding bolt resistance for early fall planting
  • Will likely winterkill in Upper Midwest

Seeding: 3-4 lbs/acre at ¼” to ½” deep. Drill or increase rate to broadcast seed.


Ethiopian Cabbage
Performance Table
Species NameDrilledBroadcast/AerialIn MixApprox. Seeds/lbSeeding Date RangeSeeding DepthWinter Kill
Ethiopian Cabbage3-44-51-2144,000March-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
Dwarf Essex Rapeseed4-77-91-2145,000March-May, July-Sept¼ - ½ inchYes
Purple Top Turnips3-55-61-2220,000March-May, July-Sept ¼ - ½ inchYes
Bayou 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