Tonic Plantain

A deep rooted forage herb

Description

Can boost milk production in summer and is a good lamb finisher.

A broadleaved perennial herb with a tap root system. Moderately tolerant of high summer temperatures and drought conditions.

Quick to establish, excellent forage feed value and an ideal companion crop with other grasses and legumes.

  • Sowing in spring & Autumn and matures in 60-90 days.
  • Can be grown over a wide range of soil types.

Attributes of Tonic plantain are:

  • High level of winter spring and early summer production
  • Deep rooted perennial plant with broad leafy ribbed leaves growing from a central crown
  • Tonic plantain has high quality forage with increased levels of minerals offering a balanced diet and providing some anthelmintic properties

Tonic can provide an excellent addition to both dryland and irrigated 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. Tonic can be sown as a monoculture however is best sown with ryegrasses and legumes therefore offering a wider choice of forage options than traditional pastures.

Tonic performs well in a wide range of soil types where good soil nutrition is maintained, however it is not tolerant of waterlogged soils. Where plantain species are sown as sole species or become a dominant component of a pasture swarth they may cause milk taint in dairy cows where grazed for extended periods.

To achieve optimum production plantain species should be rotationally grazed

Recommended sowing rates:

20-25kgs per hectare; OR
5kgs/ha in a mix;
Rainfall 600+mm

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