Radishes and winter peas were planted on August 10th after wheat harvest was complete. The two were planted in alternating 30 inch rows.
Radishes will loosen the ground for next year’s corn crop and scavenge nitrogen too deep for the corn to reach. They are about 6 inches deep now (the same depth we strip till).
The peas produce 1/3 of the nitrogen that we would typically apply in our nitrogen plan for corn. This reduces our input costs costs as well as nitrogen runoff. It’s good for our wallets AND the environment!
We plan to plant the corn a few inches away from the radish row so it can use the loose soil profile the radishes left behind to reach water and nutrients easier.

Cover Crops

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