Fodder radish is a non-turnip forming type of radish. Its development after sowing is very fast and the plants will flower soon after early sowing. Late heading varieties are preferred because they usually don’t flower anymore. This is also the case at late stubble sowing. The crop will remain short and the ground covering will be satisfactory resulting in easy ploughing under afterwards. Due to its fast establishment fodder radish is considered to be a good green manuring crop, even under late sowing. Besides a late heading also the resistance to nematodes is a very important characteristic. Particular the resistance to beet eelworms (Heterodera schachtii and Heterodera trifolii) is very crucial.
Maximus gives a high organic matter production and nematode control, due to its fast development and prolonged growing period. It’s resistance to beet nematodes has been published by PPO Wageningen UR, given a reduction of >90% nematodes. Besides that, Maximus is proven to be no host-plant for a wide range of nematodes.
- Seed rate 25-30 kg / ha.
- Seeding from July till the end of August and beginning of spring until mid-May.
- Sowing width of the drilling machine to be set as close as possible.
- 1-2 cm sowing depth.