The usage of fodder radish as green fertiliser plant - as is the case with yellow mustard - has many and often similar advantages. As well as the protection from wind and water erosions due to the rapid ground coverage, the improvement of soil fertility due to the enrichment of organic substances and the storage of nitrogen, it quickly freezes to death in wither and is thus well suitable for mulch seed. Weeds are suppressed due to the rapid germination and the deep roots loosen heavily compacted soil layers.
There are also fodder radish varieties with a resistance against beet cyst nematodes (Heterodera schachtii). These varieties are classified in grades depending on the degree of control. Grade 1 signifies that more than 90% of the beet cyst nematodes are reduced and 70-90% of the nematodes are reduced at grade 2.
Furthermore, there are varieties specified as multi-resistant. These are the varieties which can additionally reduce bile forming, free living and virus transmitting nematodes.
- Seed quantity: 20-25 kg/ha
- Sowing time: late summer
- Seed depth: 20-30 mm
- Row distance: 12 - 15 cm
- Fertilisation: 60-80 kg N/ha