Diakon Tillage Radishes are similar to oilseed radishes, but the University of Maryland has observed Tillage Radishes to be superior in reducing soil compaction and taking up left over nitrogen in the Fall. Tillage radishes grow faster, have a straighter fleshy root and are more certain to winterkill. The roots have been dug up to measure over 32” deep. Tillage radishes are killed by 2-3 days of 20° weather. No piece of steel can do what a tillage radish can do.
Radishes establish very quickly, providing good ground cover, smothering weeds and preventing erosion. The tap root drives deep into the soil, pulling up nutrients otherwise unavailable to the shallower rooted crops. These tap roots 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.
Seed 8-10 lbs/A straight or 2-4 lbs/A in mixes. Drill in rows 6-8 inches apart, 1/4 to 1/2 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.
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 degrees.
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