Combicrop

Technical Analysis


Executive Summary:

  • If you can grow cereals, you can grow Combicrop
  • Combicrop is an early, safe harvest
  • For conventional farmers, there is a big saving on nitrogen inputs
  • Low cost herbicide, no funcicide, no insecticide
  • High straw yield, high palatability
  • Residual nitrogen in soil for following crop
  • Very adaptable - wholecrop, crimp or combine

Detailed Analysis

Both conventional and organic farmers are becoming ever more aware of the need for a safe, readily available, non-GMO, home-grown form of protein to feed their stock. The main ways we can obtain this protein is through growing lupins, peas or cereals.

It is useful to look at the constituent 'feed factor' percentages of these three types of crop:

Constituent Feed Factor Percentages

  • 1. NDF%: Neutral Detergent Fibre - Higher percentage number means a higher insoluble cell fibre content
  • 2. ADF%: Acid Detergent Fibre - Higher percentage number means a lower digestibility
  • 3. LIGNIN%: Higher percentage number means a higher indigestible fibre content

Although Lupins initially look impressive, peas have many advantages over lupins, for example: digestibility, palatability, high starch and can be fed to a greater range of farm animals at higher concentrations. On-farm reports show increased animal production from feeding Combicrop in all combinations.


Peas are good, but how do you grow them?

Growing peas on their own in the UK is exceptionally difficult - there are problems with disease, shedding and flat crops caused by bad weather. This makes peas on their own a high-risk crop to grow. Combicrop, however, makes growing peas relatively easy and safe.


Comparison of Cereal to Combicrop

The following results are taken from 2006 harvest year. The analysis was performed by Natural Resource Management Ltd, who are independent of Western Seeds.

Sample 'A' - Wheat

Sample 'B' - Combicrop CHAMPION

The sample demonstrates a clear gain in protein
(in this case around 45%).


More Information?

If you have any questions about Combicrop do not hesitate to get in touch and we will be happy to help.