Forage chicory (Cichorium intybus L.) is a perennial plant that is suited to well-drained or moderately drained soils with medium-to high-fertility levels and a pH of 5.5 or greater.
Chicory produces leafy growth which is higher in nutritive and mineral content (if managed properly) than is produced by alfalfa or cool-season grasses. It has a relatively deep taproot which provides for tolerance to drought conditions. Chicory provides both spring and summer forage with average growth rates from April through October of 50 pounds per acre per day. During peak growth periods chicory produces 73 pounds per acre per day. Chicory is a relatively new forage crop in the United States, but has been used in other countries for more than 300 years. Although it originated in Central Europe, much of the breeding for improved forage characteristics has been completed in New Zealand.
Planting Guides And Seed Information
For more information about seeds and planting, please consult the following guides and information sheets.
Green Manure and Cover Crops
Cover Crop Planting Specification Guide
Forage Planting Guide
Turf Planting Guide