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Posted 11/21/2012 14:30 (#2709439 - in reply to #2709295)
Subject: RE: Radish and rye

Radishes planted after Labor Day in Northern IL are unlikely to get larger than the radish in the pic at the following link:

Probably 5 out of 10 years they won't even get this big... especially if good soil seed contact is not achieved.

Do you have access to a drill? How about a vertical tillage tool?

If you don't already have experience with cover crops, I recommend that you start with a low risk cover cropping strategy such as drilling cereal rye into corn stalks ahead of beans.... or spinning/blowing on rye (perhaps mixed with DAP) and then lightly incorporating with a vertical tillage tool.

If you really want to add a brassica to the rye, start with something cheap and relatively winter hardy like rapeseed.

After you have a few years of success with CC, if you still want to try planting CC while harvesting... go for it!

WIU Agriculture

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