BONFIRE is a forage rye variety grown as a winter cover crop for forage or biogas production. With very rapid autumn and spring growth, BONFIRE provides an earlier sowing window than other varieties. As the plant grows, nutrients are absorbed and stored in the biomass. Consequently the risk of nitrogen leaching during the winter months is low. BONFIRE is very good at converting winter moisture into growth. The early ear emergence of this variety also enables early harvesting. This creates good conditions for the following main crop, e.g. maize. BONFIRE achieves top yields in a rye-maize crop rotation.
Benefits of growing Bonfire:
Rapid ground cover in autumn
Makes very good use of winter moisture
High gas yields in biogas plants
BONFIRE has no particular requirements in terms of site and soil quality.
Early September to late October
1 – 2 cm deep
Early September: 100-130 kg/ha, at later sowing increase sowing rate
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