Proven Deep Taproot Improves Soil Tilth
The NitroRadish root can grow to depths of more than 30 inches deep allowing the roots to reach water and nutrients in the subsoil. NitroRadish performs well under drought conditions. The large taproot helps to break-up the compacted soil layers. Over the winter, the taproots break down, leaving holes in the ground that assist in water infiltration and rooting of the next crop. These roots also reach deep into the soil profile and gather "leftover, unused, residual" nutrients and bring them to the surface to be used by the next cash crop.
With its fast-growing ability, the biomass of the NitroRadish recycles the excess soil nutrients. The NitroRadish will easily decompose, leaving the soil rich in nutrients, and increasing your soils organic matter levels. These nutrients are beneficial to your spring crop. The recycled nutrients provide a rich soil and also reduces the amount of fertilizer needed to grow the next crop.
Good Weed Suppression
With its rapid germination and growth NitroRadish will suppress weeds which will help save on herbicides and cultivation. With its vigorous growth, NitroRadish out competes the weeds for space, light, nutrients and moisture, suppressing weed growth.
Improved Water Infiltration
The roots of the NitroRadish will leave behind large holes in the soil, leaving an opening in the soil allowing rainwater to easily soak in. Also, this aerated soil warms up quicker in the spring creating better conditions for planting. Excess nutrients in manure amended soil are rapidly absorbed by this cover crop, thus preventing leaching or runoff of nutrients into watersheds.