Maria Villagrasa & Fernando Diaz
Rape (Brassica napus) is a plant of the cruciferous family along with cabbages, cauliflowers, turnips, etc. In recent years there has been a significant increase in its productivity, reaching between 11-14 T/ha, mainly as a result of new varieties and hybrids.
This plant offers good quality forage that can be preserved both as hay, silage, or even used as grazed forage because of its good regrowth. There can be large differences however in its dry matter (DM) content depending on the variety, so it is important to select those with the best forage characteristics and high DM production.