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Evaluating the Use of Forage Radish to Enhance Winter Rye Cover Crop Performance

As farmers in the northeast face ever-mounting pressure and desire to protect water quality, increase soil health, and maintain productive and sustainable farms, they are increasingly turning to cover crops as a way to accomplish these goals. This study evaluated whether the addition of forage radish (Raphunus sativus L. var. longipinnatus) to a winter rye (Secale cereale) cover crop could augment and enhance the cover crop performance over winter rye by itself. In addition, it quantifies the economic impacts of this combination and basic agronomic recommendations for seeding rates and establishment methods of winter rye and winter rye-radish combinations.

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