"Sodbuster" Radish

Raphanus sativus L.

As the name suggests, Sodbuster Radish has a large taproot that "busts" or breaks hard soil. Once it decomposes it leaves large voids which can be penetrated by water. 

Benefits:

  • Breaks soil compaction

  • Builds organic matter

  • Scavenges plant nutrients 

  • High levels of Glucosinolates make this an excellent natural bio-fumigant, which reduces nematode populations

  • Suppresses weeds due to its quick establishment and large leaves

  • Attracts pollinators, with its plentiful flowers and extended flowering period

Tillage Radish

Climatic & Soil conditions:

  • Annual, cool-season crop

  • Adapted to varying climatic conditions

  • Frost tolerant, depending on the growth stage

  • Establishes on varied soil types

Planting & Termination:

  • Planting takes place in Autumn (March - May)

  • Usually takes 75 days for full growth

  • A seeding rate is greatly dependent on the area and conditions

  • Tillage Radish is often included in a cover crop blend - along with a grass and legume