Category Archives: Radish

From small seeds to big roots: no-till organic carrots in Maine

We all have biases. In research, we randomize things and establish clear rules to avoid having our biases influence results. But I have concluded that it doesn’t violate any rules of research for me to admit one bias: I like … Continue reading

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No-till in New England: spinach results and carrots sneak peek

We’ve entered our first heat wave in Maine, and the spinach has done what spinach does in the heat– hurry to reproduce. Before it bolted, I was able to get two successive harvests of pretty nice looking spinach (if I … Continue reading

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What happens when you plant forage radish in spring?

Like apple cider and pumpkin pie, forage radish is mostly a fall thing. Farmers ask about spring planting frequently, and I have always dutifully answered “doesn’t work the same- it bolts” but truth be told I had never tried it … Continue reading

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No-till vegetables in New England

If I had a dollar for every time someone told me no-till vegetables aren’t possible in New England, I’d be… well, I’d have about $5. Still, if I had a dollar for every time someone told me it is possible in New … Continue reading

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The right cover crops for no-till spring and fall peas

The right cover crop might be a better soil preparation prior to peas than tillage. At a farm meeting in Maryland in May, farmers and researchers said they had seen as good or better yields of no-till peas following specific … Continue reading

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No-till seeding into forage radish with precision seeders

Precision seeders are a major investment for a farm, but for larger, mechanized farms, they can decrease seed costs, thinning time, and they can enable very easy no-till seeding into low-residue cover crops. We have had the opportunity to work with Monosem and … Continue reading

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Two ingredient cover crop cocktails

Someone branded cover crop mixtures as “cocktails” and it has stuck. Even NRCS has adopted the “cocktail” label: Regardless of what they’re called, the new multi-species mixtures are very exciting, results are intriguing, and these cocktails are probably the cover cropping … Continue reading

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