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Daikon Radish

DESCRIPTION

Radishes establish very quickly, providing good ground cover, smothering weeds and preventing erosion. The taproot drives deep into the soil, pulling up nutrients otherwise unavailable to the shallower-rooted crops. These taproots provide a way for air, water and crop roots to penetrate deeply into the soil. Fall planted radishes are great for sequestering residual nutrients from the previous crop. Radishes work as a biofumigant, especially if incorporated in the vegetative stage.

MANAGEMENT

Radishes can be planted into existing crops at the beginning of leaf wilt, either by aerial application or by a high boy rigged with a broadcast system. They work well in mixes or can be seeded alone. In mixes, 2 or 3 lbs is all that’s needed. Radishes winter kill when temperatures reach 23°F.

Nitro Radish

  • Fast establishing in the fall
  • Biofumigant characteristics
  • Consistent root growth
  • Works well with KB Royal ryegrass

Zones: 1,2,3,4,5,6

ESTABLISHMENT

Seed 8-10 lbs/A straight or 2-4 lbs/A in mixes. Drill in rows 6-8 inches apart, ¼ to ½ inch deep. Radishes can be broadcast and rolled with a cultipacker or aerial seeded into drying corn. Use higher rates for broadcasting and aerial seeding. Radishes can be no-tilled into grass if the grass has been grazed or mowed very close.