Not stopping at meadows, in organic farming, forage plants cover a wide range of crops.

In particular there are grazed annual crops: forage rape (spring or winter), cabbage, Italian rye grass and legume mixtures, rye and legumes or sorghum.

Forage crops also include annual crops for feeding (silage, green chop, etc.) such as immature mixtures of cereals and pulses (winter or spring), maize, sorghum, buckwheat, etc.

These crops allow the farmer to provide stock with nitrogen and/or energy, especially over the winter months.


Maize is a crop that easily enhances organic inputs. However, it has high nitrogen requirements and requires close monitoring to control weed pressure.

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There is a wide diversity of meadow types (flora, farming method, etc.), strongly impacting fertilising needs.

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