Cover Crops: Tillage Radish vs. Oilseed Radish


The Tillage Radish has piqued the interest of both eastern and western farmers. While cover crops are far more common in the east, western Canadian farmers are warming up to the usefulness of oilseed radish and the Tillage Radish. It’s a versatile crop โ€” the Tillage Radish creates massive roots that can break up hardpan, soak up and cycle nutrients as well as offer up a tasty treat to grazing cattle and sheep.

In this video, filmed on September 11, Christine Brown, cover crops specialist with OMAFRA, walks us through the different growth characteristics between oilseed radish and Tillage Radish. Which type and variety you choose depends on your management goals; common oilseed radish offers excellent ground cover and nitrogen uptake but won’t produce the giant carrot-like roots of the Tillage Radish.

For more on cover crops, see our first video with Christine here. For more on soil horizons and how cover crops can increase water infiltration, click here.


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