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How it Pays: It's the Reduced Chemical Expenses!
Tillage Radish® has an amazing ability to out-compete and suppress winter annual weeds, especially when planted into a weed free seedbed. Some farmers have even eliminated a spring burndown herbicide application. This is not an allopathic effect but rather that this cover crop radish seed grows faster and shades out weeds that would otherwise germinate and grow. Most winter annual weeds never see the light of day.
Here's what experts and farmers alike have to say…
A good stand of early-planted Tillage Radish produces a dense canopy that all but eliminates weed emergence in the fall and winter. This will produce a virtually weed-free seedbed in early spring. To obtain this near-complete weed suppression Tillage Radish should be planted at least 3 weeks before killing frosts with a stand of 5 to 8 plants per square foot.
"The Tillage Radish has done its bio-drilling and seems to leave a "film" over the top of the ground that inhibits the spring weed flush." — Furmano Foods
Several dairy farmers in Maryland and Pennsylvania have successfully no-till planted directly onto the virtually weed-free and almost completely decomposed forage radish residue without any burn down herbicide.
, Weil, R., White, C. and Kremen, A. 2009. Forage Radish: New Multi-Purpose Cover Crop for the Mid-Atlantic. Dept of Agriculture, University of Maryland. Fact Sheet 824