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Tips for Making Radishes Part of a Dynamic No-Till System

A great beginner’s cover crop, oilseed radishes can tap into underground nutrients, increase water-infiltration rates and ultimately help boost crop yields.

Since he started seeding radishes as cover crops 6 years ago, Illinois no-tiller Daniel Steidinger says higher yields and improved water infiltration are two major benefits he’s seen.

Onfarm corn plots, with and without radishes, show a 50-bushel yield difference, with the higher figure going to cover-cropped plots, Steidinger told attendees at the 2013 Conservation Technology Information Center (CTIC) Conservation In Action Tour.

Steidinger says the benefit of increased water infiltration was seen almost immediately…

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Laura barrera

Laura Barrera

Laura Barrera is the former managing editor of No-Till Farmer and Conservation Tillage Guide magazines. Prior to joining No-Till Farmer, she served as an assistant editor for a greenhouse publication. Barrera holds a B.A. in magazine journalism from Ball State University.

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