Bayou is a medium maturing forage brassica with good winter hardiness, a smooth leaf and a nutty flavor that is sweet to human taste. This kale variety has a smaller stem but grows to a height of eight feet when taken for seed production.
Bayou has excellent regrowth when rotationally grazed, and the stems are more palatable than forage rapes for cattle and sheep. Used in food plots for deer as well as upland game birds, animals will eat the Bayou first when planted beside Dwarf Essex.
In preliminary trials, the tap root of Bayou is very promising for opening up the soil. When planted in late summer or early fall, it is considerably more winter hardy than radish and helps protect the soil longer from erosion. Initial observations show that when Bayou is grown for cover, it reduces Soybean Sudden Death Syndrome and potentially reduces white mold.
The spring green-up of Bayou is similar to forage rapes, while its seed size and crop management are similar to other brassicas, like turnip. Seed should be planted at 7 lbs/ac when planted as a single species and 2-3 lbs/ac when mixed with other crops. Bayou should be planted between July-August for the Midwest and between September-October for the South.
- Breaks up soil compaction and protects from erosion
- Excellent regrowth