Soil First Guide

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Soil First 142 Classic Mix

A simple combination for early planting windows – double-crop, prevent plant, interseeding too

85% Crimson Clover
15% Tillage Radish

Soil First® 142 Classic cover crop mix is a simple combination for early planting windows – double-crop, prevent plant, interseeding too.

 

Characteristics:

Non-Forage Benefits:
1 = Poor; 5 = Excellent

Compaction Alleviation: 4
Weed Suppression: 3
Biomass Production: 3
Erosion Control: 3
Disease/Pest Control: 3
Pollinator/Beneficials: 3
P & K Cycling: 4
Ease of Establishment: 4

Nitrogen Fixer/Scavenger: Both

Nutritional Value:
Values Vary Greatly Depending on Maturity

Crude Protein: 16-18
DM Tons/Acre: 2-4
Days to First Harvest: 45-60
Days to Next Harvest: Spring

Ranking (Good, Better, Best):
Graze: Best
Baleage: Good
Chop: Better

 

Seeding:

Planting Time:
Aug.-Sept.

Seeding Rate:
Mono (lbs./acre): 12-15
Forage (lbs./acre): 15-20

Seeding Info:
Seeding Depth (in./with drill): 1/4-1/2
Germination Soil Temp.: 45 F
Bulk Density (lbs./ft.³): 52
Aerial Application Rate: 20-25

 

Management:

Considerations:

When seeded early in summer/fall, consider additional grasses to help compete with the quick radish growth. Heavy crimson clover may invite voles. See FAQ #8 in the Soil First® Management Guide.

Termination:

Radish will terminate with multiple nights in the teens. If radish survive, glyphosate and 2,4-D have an effective control method. If crimson clover overwinters, control with glyphosate and 2,4-D.

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Ratings

Scale 1-9, where 9 = best or most pronounced

Compaction Alleviation
Weed Suppression
Biomass Production
Erosion Control
Disease/Pest Control
Pollinator/Beneficials
P & K Cycling
Ease of Establishment
  • Ideal cover crop mix for acres going to corn or other grass crops; research shows positive results in V3-V6 corn inter-seeding
  • Simple cover crop seed mix to use on acres where excess moisture can be an issue, or prevent plant acres, etc.
  • Low seeding rates work well in aerial cover crop seedings and where application options are limited