Airlie and Kenmore Natural

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Swedes are used for both fodder for livestock and culinary purposes. Some varieties are capable of being used as both.

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Airlie and Kenmore are varieties of Swede. Swedes are a root crop which are classed as fodder or culinary types. Some are dual purpose. The fodder types are usually fed in-situ, but can be lifted and stored for feeding at a later date. They thrive in areas of high rainfall, but do suffer if the soil becomes waterlogged where they can rot off, so free draining soils are a must. Swedes seem to do best in soils that are slightly acidic.

Airlie is a dual purpose variety with the typical purple skin and creamy white flesh. It is classed as an early to intermediate variety, has a very high fresh yield, medium dry matter yield and good disease resistance.

Kenmore is an early maturing variety with a medium dry matter yield, best suited to fodder purposes. It has good winter hardiness, which allows it to be sown later. It has a browner skin than Airlie and white flesh.

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