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Radish and Crimson Clover Video

This video was taken from a cover crop plot in Newton County Indiana.  The plot was in a field that was prevented from being planted by water ponding in the Spring of 2010.  The mix is called “N-Vest Crimson Cover-All Mix” and is sold by CISCO Seeds.  Even with very little moisture, (it was planted in […]

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Radish / Pea Mix Video

I have been visiting a  farm in eastern Whitley County Indiana over the past month and have seen a few fields of an Austrian Winter Pea/Radish mixture.  These fields were wheat fields that had dairy manure knifed into them after they had been harvested and deep tilled.  The video shows what a great stand the […]

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Big Differences in Cover Crop Radishes

There are big differences in cover crop radishes.  Some are outstanding and consistent; deep and fairly large tubers (tuber girth seems to be related to fertility and age of stand).  In the thumb of Michigan I saw over 300 acres of fields planted at 10#/acre that were just what the farmer wanted.  We found most […]

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Radish planted with wheat (at seeding time) adds yield? There are a bunch of farmers saying “yes, it does!”

While in northwest Ohio in the Fall of 2010 for a manure management field day, some area farmers told me that wheat producers are adding 2-4# of cover crop radishes per acre to the wheat in the drill…and experiencing excellent results. Some reported gaining 5-7 bushels per acre by adding the radishes.  Others even reduced their nitrogen application by 20% […]

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May planted Radish Plot final results 8/4/2010

It’s been 10 1/2 weeks since I planted my Radish test plot in my garden.  I have recorded photos and reports in previous posts and now this is the “FINAL JUDGMENT” of the different varieties that were included this spring.  I’ll report mainly via photos and captions.  Just a reminder, about 5 weeks ago I […]

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Cover Crop Radish – Rate Per Acre

In my cover crop radish plot I have thinned some rows to 4″ between plants and in two rows I have left them thick (I figure I’m at the 12-15#/acre range). After 6 weeks there are some pretty telling signs that 12-15#/acre is too thick and possibly a waste of money.  Most of the varieties […]

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Cover Crop Radish Plot from July 10, 2010

My cover crop radish plot was planted on May 29, 2010 and now 6 weeks later we can see some characteristics even different from 2 weeks ago.  A variety that was 8-9″ deep 2 weeks ago still appears to have that same depth.  Another that I called “Stubby” is now looking quite interesting!  Yet another […]

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How deep can radish roots go?

After 6 weeks my GroundHog Radish is around 12″ deep and 1″ in circumference at the top.  How deep can radish roots go?  Because we need to know things like that I have been doing quite a bit of research.  The attached chart shows how deep some radishes can go…over 4 feet deep!  WOW!

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Radish Plot Report from June 26

I planted a cover crop Radish plot over Memorial Day Weekend (5/29) in my garden plot.  I have 5 varieties in the plot from around the world.  My goal is to see what differences there are in the different Radishes being sold in the USA for cover crops.  I replicated the plots so that each […]

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Oats…a wonderful and versatile cover crop

Oats are one of the more versatile cover crops as they can be planted various times of the season and used as an excellent cover and an excellent forage crop.  Oats work well alone, but especially well in mixes with oilseed radishes, turnips, Berseem and Crimson Clovers, and Austrian Winter Peas, etc…  Oats work well […]

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