Oil Radish Cover Crop

Oil (Fodder) radish varieties with their very deep root structures, are arguably the best choice of catch crop for improving a soil's overall yield potential. Farmers and growers can choose between three types of oil radish to suit their individual circumstances and requirements.

  • Oil Radish

    Oil Radish

  • Oil Radish

    Oil Radish

  • Oil Radish

    Oil Radish

  • Oil Radish

    Oil Radish

  • Oil Radish

    Oil Radish

  • Oil Radish Roots

    Oil Radish Roots

AKIRO (Classical), CONCORDE (BCN) and CONTRA (Multiresistant)

All three types have the excellent characteristics of rapid establishment, good ground cover and deep rooting structure. AKIRO is a “classical” type that significantly improves soil's structure and humus content. CONCORDE is a “nematode tolerant” variety that takes the benefits of a “classical” variety and adds a high level of tolerance to BCN, making it ideal for rotations containing Sugar Beet. CONTRA is a “multiresistant” type that takes the benefits of the “classical” and “nematode resistant” types and then adds a resistance to a wide range of soil borne pests and diseases.

Benefits

1. Soil Health

Oil radishes can be a VERY powerful tool in improving soil health, the degree of benefit depending on the type of variety chosen, “classical", “nematode resistant,” or "multiresistant."

2. Nutrient Management

All three types have deep, approx. 1.5 metres, root structures which perform an excellent role in reducing leeching and improving humus content.

3. Weed Suppression

AKIRO, CONCORDE and CONTRA establish and develop quickly to produce a good level of ground cover that can perform a useful role in suppressing weeds and volunteers.

4. Soil Structure and Erosion Control

The impressive structures combined with the rapid establishment of good ground cover result in oil radish crops having a very beneficial effect on soil structure and erosion control.

Sowing

All three types can be successfully sown from April through to September, ideally into a good seed bed to a depth of 1-2cm. In order to best realise a variety's potential for suppressing weeds and helping control soil borne bests and diseases a dense plant coverage should be targeted so seed rates of 25-30kg/ha should be considered. Typically the crop benefits from the application of 40-60kg/ha of N during its development.

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