Phacelia is not related to the major agricultural crop types and belongs to the Hydrophylloideae family. As such this makes it an ideal catch crop, especially for arable rotations containing Oilseed Rape, where including radish and mustard could be problematic. Rapidly establishing and deep rooted, Phacelia performs an excellent role in reducing soil erosion and improving soil structure. It can perform a valuable role in controlling club root as it is not a host plant for this disease. Phacelia can also contribute to the management of slugs.
This thin stemmed variety has become a firm favourite with growers for green manure and erosion control catch crops. ANGELIA establishes rapidly suppressing weeds and conserving soil moisture. It is a nematode neutral crop and it's deep roots have a beneficial effect on soil structure as well as combining with it's dense ground cover to actively reduce the risk of soil erosion.
1. Drought Tolerant
Phacelia has a high tolerance to drought which, in combination with its rapid establishment, make it an ideal summer catch crop
2. Green manure
ANGELIA's vigorous deep roots reduce nutrient losses due to leaching whilst the managed incorporation of the dense foliage will significantly increase the humus content of the soil benefiting the following crop.
3. Soil Structure and Health
ANGELIA is nematode neutral making it suitable for sugar beet crop rotations and it’s deep and vigorous roots significantly improve soil structure. The variety also has a non host for club root ,making it an ideal catch crop for oilseed rape rotations.
4. Erosion Control
The risk of soil losses due to wind and water erosion is reduced due to ANGELIA's dense foliage and vigorous and deep rooting network.
Phacelia provides a rich source of feed for bees and other beneficial insects.
ANGELIA can be sown into a crumbling seed bed from April through to September whilst the adult plants are not frost hardy, the young plants are frost resistant. A seed rate of 10-12 kg/ha should be used and the seeds should be covered to a depth of 2cm. In terms of fertiliser an application of 40-60 kg./ha of N is typically used.