Choice is an upright broad leaved deep rooting perennial herb that will establish rapidly where sown in soil temperatures above 10º C, providing excellent winter and spring production.
Chicory can provide an excellent addition to both irrigated and dryland pastures in the south western areas of WA, and with its very upright growth habit and high palatability is well accepted by all classes of grazing stock. Choice can be sown as a monoculture or with ryegrass and legume options offering a wider choice of forage options.
Attributes of Choice chicory are:
- Fast establishment and high winter spring activity provides excellent production
- Deep rooted with some drought tolerance under well managed grazing systems
- Choice chicory has high quality forage providing additional forage options to the traditional pasture options
- Choice performs well in a wide range of soil types where good soil nutrition is maintained, however it is not tolerant of waterlogged soils. Where Choice is sown as a monoculture or it is a dominant component of a swarth it may cause milk taint where grazed for extended periods.
- To achieve optimum production chicory should be rotationally grazed. During the reproductive stage the older stems can be less palatable so grazing management is important to maintain quality.
Recommended sowing rates:
Monoculture 3 to 5 kgs/ha;
Mixed 1 to 2 kgs/ha.