Daikon Radish

Japenese Radish

Raphanus sativus

"Jap Radish" is an annual, cool-season root crop. It is used both as feed for livestock, and as a cover crop. 

Benefits

  • It's large taproot relieves soil compaction, improves water infiltration, and builds organic matter levels. 

  • It is used for grazing, or fed after uprooting it.

Benefits

  • Builds organic matter

  • Reduces compaction in hardened soils

  • Suppresses weeds with its broad leaf

  • Recycles nutrients (particularly Phosphorus (P) and Potassium (K)

  • Attracts pollinators - particularly in orchard floor mixes

​Climatic & Soil Conditions

  • Annual, cool-season brassica

  • Not suited to heavy clay soils, as this hampers root development

  • Relatively drought tolerant

  • Does not tolerate water logging well

  • Considered to be acid tolerant - and can grow in soils with a pH >4

Planting

  • Best planted between March - May

  • Seeding rate is dependant on location & planting method, and on the other plant types it may be combined with