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Improved Soil Fertility
How it Pays: It's the Improved Soil Health!
High Vital Nutrient Content
Plants require vital nutrients for growth, including (N), (P) and (K), as well as trace minerals including boron, chlorine, cobalt, copper, iron, manganese, magnesium, molybdenum, sulfur and zinc.
Tillage Radish® and Tillage Radish seed mixes improve soil fertility by acting as nutrient scavengers taking up vital nutrients both above and below the soil compaction zone. Available (N), (P), (Ca) and (S) are mineralized during peak Tillage Radish growth. Nutrients are then released back into the soil and made available for healthy crop plant growth. As Tillage Radish decomposes, a film of Calcium is left on the soil surface.
More Drainage and Air, More Soil Conditioning
Our cover crop radish also adds organic matter to soil, improving structure by breaking up the compaction zone and enhancing water drainage, air movement and root growth deep in the soil.
As it decays, Tillage Radish leaves voids in the soil with holes in the compaction zone created by the taproot. Not only is air and water circulation increased, microbial activity improves and easier planting becomes possible!
Biodiversity is a Must!
Tillage Radish contributes to biodiversity, especially in fields where monocultures are grown in high intensity cultivation, such as with corn, soybeans, wheat, cotton and other cash crops. An ongoing cover crop program using Tillage Radish seed helps achieve a sustainable balance in the complex systems that make for a healthy, fertile soil season after season.