Daikon Radish is a deep-rooted forage radish that will make an outstanding winter cover crop. The deep taproot of the large rooted plant can help break up the tough compacted soil, improve water infiltration, suppresses weeds, eliminate pests, and store nitrogen. When planting daikon radish seed as a cover crop, the benefits will be optimized if planted in late summer:
Reduces soil compaction
High Biomass production
Increases water infiltration
Excellent erosion control
Great weed suppression
Daikon is a Japanese word meaning 'large root'. Member of the mustard family, it is also used to open up soils and improve water penetration with its long, deep, thick taproots.
Daikon Radish will thrive in any one of the three climate zones when planted during the late summer or early fall. Seed at a rate of 10 to 15 lbs. per acre, and fertilize at a rate of 300 lbs. per acre with a 19-19-19 fertilizer (equal parts nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium). Cover seed at a depth of half-an-inch.
We recommend rotating Daikon Radish fields at least every 2 to 3 years to prevent the development of fungi.
Application Rate: 5-20 lbs/acre or 1 lb/1000 sq ft. Germination: 7-14 Days Plant height: 24-36" Days to Maturity: 40-45 Days Uses: Used to open up soils and improve water penetration Facts to Note: Plant in early spring or fall, germinates quickly. Very attractive to beneficial insects.