Purple Top Turnip Seeds - Food Plots, Cover Crops

Purple Top Turnip Seed

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Purple Top Turnip Seed

Purple Top Turnip (Brassica Rapa) - An easy to grow plant from purple top turnip seeds used for forage and cover crops. This turnip is white and purple that has smooth, globe roots take about 55 days to reach maturity. This plant has many great uses such as putting nutrients back into the soil as well as providing a food source for wildlife and livestock. They grow rapidly and are an excellent choice for fall grazing livestock and used widespread for deer food plots. This dual-purpose plant produces a large purple top spherical root and leafy foliage that can both be grazed. Because they provide a high-protein and high-energy food source, purple top turnips are one of the most popular food plot plants for whitetail deer as well as a general purpose cover crop.

These peas have a vine-like growth that can reach lengths of 3 to 5 feet when planted in fertile soil. Winter peas are highly nutritious and extremely digestible to deer. They carry a protein level between 20 and 30 percent. Both the seed, stem and leaves are browsed by deer. Foliage color is a pale green, and the plant produces pink blooms. Austrian winter peas have moderate drought tolerance but have good winter hardiness.

 


Purple top turnip seeds grow into a root bulb that can range in diameter from 2 - 5 inches. Smaller size turnips remain sweet and tender and are therefore a desirable food source for deer. Cool temperatures also help enhance the taste of the turnip making them great for hunting season food plots that can be planted in mid to late summer and provide forage into the winter months. Deer will graze on the greens and leave the turnip underground untouched as a sort of food reserve and will return once the greens are gone and even after snow fall and will dig through the snow and dig up and eat the purple top turnip providing an important high energy winter food source.

Sowing Rate: 4 - 6 lbs per acre