On May 29th I planted 6 different cover crop radish varieties in a plot. In those 16 days we’ve had good moisture, and I did apply some 30-0-5 fertilizer around 60 days ago (with slow release N). I had to thin the plots to have 1 radish per 4″ (recommended distance between radishes by those who seem to know those things). I am doing this experiment for three different Oregon companies that sell cover crop radishes. I have this same experiment going on in Michigan, central Indiana, and NW Ohio.
The goal…to identify the “best” cover crop radish. I hope that by planting in spring and late summer, we will be able to choose the radish variety/selection that works best for cover cropping in the Midwest.
I brought 4 varieties up from the plots to show the differences after 16 days. 2 varieties have nice long tubers already. The other two have some catching up to do! I have a feeling that they never will. I’ll keep you posted!