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Sodbuster forage radish

Raphanus sativus
HOW TO GROW FORAGE RADISH

SOWING
Forage radish is commonly drilled or broadcasted in the fall, August to September. Radishes grow best when planted early enough to allow 6 weeks of growth before regular frosts. Later-planted radishes tend to be more cold-hardy and less likely to winter-kill. When planted in the spring, most radishes bolt quickly producing much less root and shoot biomass than fall plantings.Drilling a monoculture stand is best achieved with a small seeder box. When using a precision planter, milo plates may be used with a reduced seeding rate of 2-4 lbs per acre. Full canopy closure is possible to achieve within 3-4 weeks after planting.

UNDER SOW
Many producers broadcast radish into soybeans at leaf yellowing or corn when the canopy allows 50% of the sunlight to reach the ground. It is important that the seedlings quickly have access to light.

SPACING
There is growing Interest in planting radishes on wider 30” row spacings, often in combination with other cover crop species. This can be accomplished by blocking off rows in a drill or using a planter with appropriate plates or another seed metering system appropriate for radish seed.

WINTER HARDINESS
Radishes are tolerant of light frosts but generally show injury when temperatures drop below the mid-20s. In regions where winter temperatures regularly drop below 20 F, radishes normally winterkill but it should be noted that overwintering was reported at some northern locations in 2010 and 2012, likely due to early and persistent snowcover and unusually mild winter conditions, respectively. Young radishes in the rosette growth stage are more winter hardy than radishes that have developed a sizable storage root.

SHIPPING COST
25-lb., 50-lb. and larger sizes ship via ground transportation. Select the appropriate Bulk Shipping option at checkout. We may email you additional shipping costs separately based on your total order weight, zone and palleting costs.

Soil pH 6.5-7.0. Hardiness zones 3. Annual.

Days from maturity calculated from the date of seeding. Average 7,000–8000 seeds per pound. Sow average of 6 lbs per acre drilling, sow 8–10 lbs per acre broadcast. Organic systems should plant 1/3 to 1/2 heavier to allow for some weed pressures. Usual seed life: 5 years. Isolation distance for seed saving: 1/2 mile.

Planting Depth 1/2” to 1”
Soil Temp. Germ. 45-80˚F
Days to Germ. 3–7
Plant Spacing 6–9.5”
Row Spacing 8-12”
Days To Maturity 120–150
Full Shade, Moist Well Drained

Sodbuster Seed Count
1 Pound ≈ 26,682 seeds
5 Pounds ≈ 133m seeds
25 Pounds ≈ 667m seeds
50 Pounds ≈ 1,334m seeds
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Sodbuster Brand daikon radish is a new cover crop forage radish developed in New Zealand. The Sodbuster’s large taproots are superior and can penetrate as far as 6 feet deep. The fleshy upper part can “bust” a hole from 10-20 inches long and 2-3 inches wide! This deep taproot both plows and breaks the hardpan, an...

Sodbuster Brand daikon radish is a new cover crop forage radish developed in New Zealand. The Sodbuster’s large taproots are superior and can penetrate as far as 6 feet deep. The fleshy upper part can “bust” a hole from 10-20 inches long and 2-3 inches wide! This deep taproot both plows and breaks the hardpan, and also scavenges for plant nutrients. The root decomposes rapidly when terminated, allowing for water penetration in the open holes and typically releasing 80 pounds of Nitrogen and 5 tons of organic matter for the next crop. Fast establishment and a thick canopy allows for weed control. The high levels of Glucosinolate in Sodbuster makes this field radish an excellent natural bio fumigant, which greatly reduces nematode populations. This radish is also used extensively in Europe and Brazil both as a soil builder and a livestock forage, primarily on dairy farms. Wildlife, especially deer, love this radish.

Sodbuster Brand radish is a new cover crop forage radish from Desert Sun marketing. Developed in New Zealand, it is the culmination of many years of selection for traits of a large fleshy taproot, high glucosinolate levels and a type that winter kills easily for fast decomposition.

Our new Sodbuster Brand radish’s taproots are superior to the standard oil seed radish’s short stubby branched roots. Sodbuster’s taproot can penetrate as much as 6 feet deep. The fleshy upper part “the saber” can bust a hole from 10-20 inches long and 2-3 inches wide! This deep taproot both plows and breaks the hardpan, and also scavenges for plant nutrients. The root decomposes rapidly during the winter or when terminated, allowing for water penetration in the open holes and releasing nitrogen (typically 80 pounds) and other nutrients for the next crop. Fast establishment and a thick canopy allow for weed control. The high levels of Glucosinoate in Sodbuster makes this radish an excellent bio fumigant, which greatly reduces nematode populations. In independent trials, significant yield increases were seen in grain and soybean crops following forage radishes.

According to research done by Dr. Ray Weil at University of Maryland, this type of forage radish has been shown to: • Alleviate soil compaction = save on fuel and deep tillage • Suppress weeds = save on herbicides/cultivation • Enhance seedbed = getting an earlier and more even stand • Build organic matter by 4-5 tons or more = improve soil quality • Releases Nitrogen early and increase topsoil fertility = save on Nitrogen and other fertilizer • Reduce nitrate leaching = save the waterways • Control erosion = save your soil • Reduce runoff = conserve rainwater

How to Grow: Sodbuster should be plant from July to September at 8-10 pounds per acre. Fertility: When planted following corn, peanuts or soybeans or in a good garden, no additional Nitrogen or fertilizer should be needed. On poor soil apply 60 pounds of Nitrogen to get the radish growing rapidly. When terminating, the radish will return this Nitrogen to the next crop. Terminating: Cold temperatures of 15˚F (-9˚C) should kill the radish. In the deep south production area growers will need to mechanically terminate the crop prior to planting the next crop. It provides an excellent blanket for your soil during the winter months. Forage: Sodbuster is also an excellent forage for livestock. It makes an excellent “Deer Forage”. Livestock and deer love the Sodbuster radish.Sodbuster may be planted into winter pasture mixes to enhance grazing while tilling the soil and providing Nitrogen for the spring crop or pasture. Note: Sodbuster is sensitive to carryover damage from the herbicide Cadre which is sometimes used on peanuts and Osprey that is sometimes used on wheat. Large bulk quantities are available. Also known as Enricher radish.

Tags: Color: Yellow, Specialty: Cover Crop, Season: Spring Fall Winter.

Most of the forage radish varieties currently marketed for cover cropping are large rooted selections of daikon-type oilseed or forage radishes, but are not the product of formal breeding programs. All are morphologically similar to the large white daikon radishes traditionally used in Asian cooking. Hybrid daikon-type culinary radish seed is prohibitively expensive, more than $100 per lb for bulk seed, for use in cover cropping, but open pollinated culinary daikon varieties have some potential with bulk seed available for about $5 per lb.
Learn More
  • Sodbuster forage radish image####

  • Sodbuster forage radish image####

  • Sodbuster forage radish image####

  • Sodbuster forage radish image####

Sodbuster forage radish

Raphanus sativus

Sodbuster Brand daikon radish is a new cover crop forage radish developed in New Zealand. The Sodbuster’s large taproots are superior and can penetrate as far as 6 feet deep. The fleshy upper part can “bust” a hole from 10-20 inches long and 2-3 inches wide!...

Sodbuster Brand daikon radish is a new cover crop forage radish developed in New Zealand. The Sodbuster’s large taproots are superior and can penetrate as far as 6 feet deep. The fleshy upper part can “bust” a hole from 10-20 inches long and 2-3 inches wide! This deep taproot both plows and breaks the hardpan, and also scavenges for plant nutrients. The root decomposes rapidly when terminated, allowing for water penetration in the open holes and typically releasing 80 pounds of Nitrogen and 5 tons of organic matter for the next crop. Fast establishment and a thick canopy allows for weed control. The high levels of Glucosinolate in Sodbuster makes this field radish an excellent natural bio fumigant, which greatly reduces nematode populations. This radish is also used extensively in Europe and Brazil both as a soil builder and a livestock forage, primarily on dairy farms. Wildlife, especially deer, love this radish.

Sodbuster Brand radish is a new cover crop forage radish from Desert Sun marketing. Developed in New Zealand, it is the culmination of many years of selection for traits of a large fleshy taproot, high glucosinolate levels and a type that winter kills easily for fast decomposition.

Our new Sodbuster Brand radish’s taproots are superior to the standard oil seed radish’s short stubby branched roots. Sodbuster’s taproot can penetrate as much as 6 feet deep. The fleshy upper part “the saber” can bust a hole from 10-20 inches long and 2-3 inches wide! This deep taproot both plows and breaks the hardpan, and also scavenges for plant nutrients. The root decomposes rapidly during the winter or when terminated, allowing for water penetration in the open holes and releasing nitrogen (typically 80 pounds) and other nutrients for the next crop. Fast establishment and a thick canopy allow for weed control. The high levels of Glucosinoate in Sodbuster makes this radish an excellent bio fumigant, which greatly reduces nematode populations. In independent trials, significant yield increases were seen in grain and soybean crops following forage radishes.

According to research done by Dr. Ray Weil at University of Maryland, this type of forage radish has been shown to: • Alleviate soil compaction = save on fuel and deep tillage • Suppress weeds = save on herbicides/cultivation • Enhance seedbed = getting an earlier and more even stand • Build organic matter by 4-5 tons or more = improve soil quality • Releases Nitrogen early and increase topsoil fertility = save on Nitrogen and other fertilizer • Reduce nitrate leaching = save the waterways • Control erosion = save your soil • Reduce runoff = conserve rainwater

How to Grow: Sodbuster should be plant from July to September at 8-10 pounds per acre. Fertility: When planted following corn, peanuts or soybeans or in a good garden, no additional Nitrogen or fertilizer should be needed. On poor soil apply 60 pounds of Nitrogen to get the radish growing rapidly. When terminating, the radish will return this Nitrogen to the next crop. Terminating: Cold temperatures of 15˚F (-9˚C) should kill the radish. In the deep south production area growers will need to mechanically terminate the crop prior to planting the next crop. It provides an excellent blanket for your soil during the winter months. Forage: Sodbuster is also an excellent forage for livestock. It makes an excellent “Deer Forage”. Livestock and deer love the Sodbuster radish.Sodbuster may be planted into winter pasture mixes to enhance grazing while tilling the soil and providing Nitrogen for the spring crop or pasture. Note: Sodbuster is sensitive to carryover damage from the herbicide Cadre which is sometimes used on peanuts and Osprey that is sometimes used on wheat. Large bulk quantities are available. Also known as Enricher radish.

Tags: Color: Yellow, Specialty: Cover Crop, Season: Spring Fall Winter.

Most of the forage radish varieties currently marketed for cover cropping are large rooted selections of daikon-type oilseed or forage radishes, but are not the product of formal breeding programs. All are morphologically similar to the large white daikon radishes traditionally used in Asian cooking. Hybrid daikon-type culinary radish seed is prohibitively expensive, more than $100 per lb for bulk seed, for use in cover cropping, but open pollinated culinary daikon varieties have some potential with bulk seed available for about $5 per lb.
Learn More
HOW TO GROW FORAGE RADISH

SOWING
Forage radish is commonly drilled or broadcasted in the fall, August to September. Radishes grow best when planted early enough to allow 6 weeks of growth before regular frosts. Later-planted radishes tend to be more cold-hardy and less likely to winter-kill. When planted in the spring, most radishes bolt quickly producing much less root and shoot biomass than fall plantings.Drilling a monoculture stand is best achieved with a small seeder box. When using a precision planter, milo plates may be used with a reduced seeding rate of 2-4 lbs per acre. Full canopy closure is possible to achieve within 3-4 weeks after planting.

UNDER SOW
Many producers broadcast radish into soybeans at leaf yellowing or corn when the canopy allows 50% of the sunlight to reach the ground. It is important that the seedlings quickly have access to light.

SPACING
There is growing Interest in planting radishes on wider 30” row spacings, often in combination with other cover crop species. This can be accomplished by blocking off rows in a drill or using a planter with appropriate plates or another seed metering system appropriate for radish seed.

WINTER HARDINESS
Radishes are tolerant of light frosts but generally show injury when temperatures drop below the mid-20s. In regions where winter temperatures regularly drop below 20 F, radishes normally winterkill but it should be noted that overwintering was reported at some northern locations in 2010 and 2012, likely due to early and persistent snowcover and unusually mild winter conditions, respectively. Young radishes in the rosette growth stage are more winter hardy than radishes that have developed a sizable storage root.

SHIPPING COST
25-lb., 50-lb. and larger sizes ship via ground transportation. Select the appropriate Bulk Shipping option at checkout. We may email you additional shipping costs separately based on your total order weight, zone and palleting costs.

Soil pH 6.5-7.0. Hardiness zones 3. Annual.

Days from maturity calculated from the date of seeding. Average 7,000–8000 seeds per pound. Sow average of 6 lbs per acre drilling, sow 8–10 lbs per acre broadcast. Organic systems should plant 1/3 to 1/2 heavier to allow for some weed pressures. Usual seed life: 5 years. Isolation distance for seed saving: 1/2 mile.

Planting Depth 1/2” to 1”
Soil Temp. Germ. 45-80˚F
Days to Germ. 3–7
Plant Spacing 6–9.5”
Row Spacing 8-12”
Days To Maturity 120–150
Full Shade, Moist Well Drained

Sodbuster Seed Count
1 Pound ≈ 26,682 seeds
5 Pounds ≈ 133m seeds
25 Pounds ≈ 667m seeds
50 Pounds ≈ 1,334m seeds
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