Forage chicory is a broad-leaved perennial herb in the sunflower family that looks similar to common plantain. It can be grown on well-drained or moderately drained soils having medium to high fertility and a pH of 5.5 or greater. Chicory has good seedling vigor and a deep taproot, which makes it quite drought tolerant. Its productive season is April through October when it can average production of 50 lbs per acre per day, providing valuable spring and summer forage for deer. If managed properly, chicory produces leafy growth similar in nutrition and mineral content to alfalfa or cool season grasses.
- Protein levels range from 10% to 32% depending on growth stage and soil fertility.
- Seed alone or with grasses.
- Seeding Depth: 1/8" deep in well prepared seedbed.
- Seeding Count: 480,000 per pound.
- Longevity: Perennial.