Oasis Forage Chicory
High Extended Season Yields
Very Palatable & Digestible
High Energy Levels
High Mineral Levels
Reliable Summer Forage
Improved Disease Resistance
Oasis brand forage chicory is a high yielding, broad-leaved perennial herb that has excellent feed value for livestock. It has been bred for greatly improved disease resistance, which significantly increases survival under grazing. Oasis also breaks winter dormancy earlier, so it has a longer growing season to provide high quality feed for a longer season.
Oasis is suitable for all types of production livestock, and ideal for high quality forage during the summer. It is ideally managed in a mix with clovers.
According to Dr. Jerry Jung (retired, USDA-ARS) "Chicory contains 4X the amount of Magnesium (Mg) as grass, and 2X that of Alfalfa, which will aid in control of Grass Tetany in animals."
Dr. John Andrae (Clemson University), says that cattle grazing Oasis Chicory Paddocks are consuming less minerals and showing similar weight gains than cattle grazing alfalfa. (See video below.)
Sowing and Establishment:
Oasis can grow well on a wide range of soils, including sandy soil, and silt loams. Chicory grows best on high fertility soils with moderate to good drainage. Chicory is best sown around mid spring, but can also be sown effectively in the late summer/early fall. It should be sown in a fully cultivated seed-bed after pasture that has been killed with herbicide. Care should be taken to sow at a depth of 3/8" to 1/2" to ensure good germination. For a chicory dominant pasture sow at 6-8 lb/ac with 5 lb/ac red clover and 3 lb/ac white clover. In a grass-clover mix, show at 1-2 lb/ac in the spring or 2-3 lb/ac in the fall.
Ideally, Oasis chicory should be rotationally grazed to prolong stand life. Chicory should be grazed when it is 6-8" tall, leaving a residual of 2-3", and then allowed to re-grow. If managed appropriately, with good soil and fertility, a chicory stand should last 3-5 years.
For additional detailed information on establishment and management click the following link, Establishment & Management of Chicory (pdf, 27KB)
Oasis Chicory VideoOasis Brand chicory at Clemson University out-performs alfalfa in grazing trials.
Oasis Chicory Photos