Description:

Tillage Radish brassica cover crop tubers and taproots reduce compaction and scavenge excess nutrients left in the soil from cash crops. The upper portion of the taproot or tuber can typically grow over 30 in.

  • Excellent for reducing inputs, weed suppression, relieving compaction, improving soil fertility and health, and attracting earthworms
  • Tillage Radish® is easy to plant, making the perfect cover crop for growers who have little or no experience in cover crops
  • Nitrogen released during decay

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Non-Forage Benefits:
1 = Poor; 5 = Excellent

Compaction Alleviation: 5
Weed Suppression: 5
Biomass Production: 4
Erosion Control: 4
Disease/Pest Control: 3
Pollinator/Beneficials: 2
P & K Cycling: 4
Ease of Establishment: 5

Nitrogen Fixer/Scavenger: Scavenger

Nutritional Value:
Values Vary Greatly Depending on Maturity

Crude Protein: 18
NEL¹ Mcal/lb.: .73
ADF%²: 26
NDF%³: 21
TDN: 70
DM Tons/Acre: 2-4
Days to First Harvest: 45
Days to Next Harvest: –

¹- Net Energy for Lactation = Energy available after subtracting digestive and metabolic losses
²- Acid Detergent Fiber = Low values mean more digestible
³- Neutral Detergent Fiber = Low values mean cows can eat more

Ranking (Good, Better, Best):
Graze: Best
Baleage: Not Rated
Chop: Good

Planting Time:
Aug.-Sept.

Seeding Rate:
Mono (lbs./acre): 3-8
Mix (lbs./acre): 1-3
Forage (lbs./acre): 5-8
Aerial (lbs./acre): 3-8

Seeding Info:
Carbon/Nitrogen Ratio (C:N): Tops- 9:1
Seeding Depth (in./with drill): 1/4-1/2
Seeds/lb.: 30-40,000
Bulk Density (lbs./ft.³): 44
Germination Soil Temp.: 45 F
USDA Hardiness Zone: 9
Days to Emergence: 3-5

Considerations
Brassica Crops can cause animal health disorders if not grazed properly. Introduce grazing animals to brassica pastures slowly (usually over 3-5 days). With extremely high forage values, brassicas can cause problems if hungry animals are turned out into predominate brassica pastures. Even though traditional recommendations allow for 2/3, we actually recommend keeping brassicas to under 1/3 of the grazing animal’s diet- always supplement brassicas with dry hay or other grasses (higher in fiber).

Control
Tillage Radish® winterkills with 3 consecutive nights in the mid-teens. If no winterkill, control with mowing, grazing or burndown methods.

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