Deutsche Saatveredelung AG (DSV)

TerraLife® growing instructions

Seedbed preparation:

Since all mixes contain small and large-seeded species, a maximum sowing depth of 2 – 3 cm is recommended. When preparing the seedbed, it is important to take into account the requirements of the fine seed (friable, well reconsolidated seedbed). To conserve water and suppress competition from volunteer cereals and oilseed rape, sow the seed immediately after harvesting using shallow tools. A combination of tillage and drilling (e.g. with a mulch seed drill) is ideal. If adverse weather conditions or availability of labour prevent rapid drilling, suitable soil cultivation measures must be undertaken to prevent volunteer cereals gaining the upper hand. Particular care must be taken with the swath zone following successful straw harvest. Rollers used in combination with spreading and drilling equipment can be very effective. It is important to make sure that the straw is well distributed. It is advisable to apply a dose of nitrogen if there are large quantities of straw. Sowing rates are calculated on the basis of a well-prepared seedbed and optimal sowing times and should be closely followed to allow for differences in the competitive behaviour of individual components in the mix. Sowing rates should be increased only in the event of adverse external conditions such as poor seedbed, delayed sowing time, poor nutrient supply or unfavourable weather.



TerraLife ® mixes contain a high proportion of leguminous plants, basic nutrients can be supplied largely through farm yard manure (FYM) prior to sowing. Nitrogen is then provided by the relatively high proportion of legumes. In the absence of FYM, the addition of 30 – 40 kg/ha N and for straw manuring 40 – 50 kg/ha N may be of benefit, depending on the previous-crop. The maximum permissible rate of FYM can be applied to the BioMax DT to ensure an adequate nutrient supply. In the absence of FYM, 50 – 70 kg/ha N without and 60 – 80 kg/ha N with straw manuring is recommended for max. growth (no N after leguminous pre-crop).


General cultivation tips:

  • If sown too early and under stress conditions (especially drought stress), premature seed formation may occur with some plant species (buckwheat, mustard, oil radish, phacelia). In such cases it is advisable to check growth in good time by chemical or mechanical means to prevent seeds from ripening.
  • The growth should definitely not be incorporated when green.
  • If the mix shows a lot of leafy growth in the autumn, plants should be chopped back and mulched. If growth is still green come spring, plants should be treated with herbicide. Under no circumstances should green material be incorporated in the soil.

While DSV seek to ensure that all information given is correct at the time of printing, no warranty is given in respect thereof, and DSV accept no liability for loss, damage or injury howsoever caused as a result of information and opinions contained.

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