Buster Tillage Radish
The Radish plant is a brassica bred specifically for its large tuber taproot, which is used to reduce soil issues such as compaction. Buster Tillage Radish is also a short term fodder option (10-12 weeks) with first grazing in 5-6 weeks, & 2-3 grazings possible prior to maturity. Buster Radish produces very palatable feed, appropriate for all cattle and sheep.
Maximum fodder and tuber development occurs when sown in Jan/Feb, although Radish can also be sown in autumn and spring to provide quick feed options. Strategic grazing can also delay maturity.
Growing Radish as a cover crop, Buster Radish will quickly grow a closed canopy a full month before oat and rye cover crops, effectively blocking the sun from aiding in weed suppression during the winter weed season. Weed suppression in the winter means fewer weeds in the spring.
Radish produces more root mass than mustard crops or oil seed radish and has two to four times the number of roots as cereal or grasses. This enables it to effectively "mine" nitrogen and other nutrients, that might otherwise leach down and out of the soil and back to the surface where your spring crops will receive the most benefit, reducing or eliminating the need for supplemental nitrogen.
Beside the benefits mentioned, the size and depth of the root system on radish effectively aerates the soil, alleviating soil compaction, as well as promoting better water filtration, a definite plus when it comes to your spring and summer crop.
Benefits of Buster Tillage Radish:
- High "pull-down" bulb development
- Very strong, straight and dense taproot
- Fast Feed option
- Taproot breaks up compaction layer
- Increased fiberus lateral roots
- Biomass production
- Increase in forage drymatter
- Sow Australia-wide – with flexible sowing window (Spring, Summer or Autumn)
Radish may be drilled, broadcast or aerially seeded. Drilling is recommended for the best results. Plant seed 6mm to 12 millimetres deep with average soil conditions.
If the soil is dry, it is recommended to plant a depth of 20 millimetres. Seed will germinate in three to four days.
What are cover crops?
They prevent soil erosion, improve soils physical and biological properties, suppress weeds, improve the availability of soil water, break pest cycles and store + supply nutrients
- Recommended pH Rate: CaCl2 5 – 7.5
- Recommended Rainfall Rate: 350mm+
- Recommended Sow Rate: 8 - 10 /ha