4 weeks advance in nematode control
Growing catch crops offers many benefits for follow-on arable crops. The main advantages are improved humus balance, soil loosening, protection against erosion, plant health, and organic nematode control when growing beet, potatoes or vegetables.
Breeding has produced late-flowering radish varieties for farmers to use in organic nematode control. Crop rotation and the cultivation of later-ripening wheat varieties means that the growth phase of many nematode-resistant catch crops is too short to achieve effective nematode control. Feldsaaten Freudenberger offers a completely new way of sowing this important catch crop in crop rotation systems that include beet, potatoes and vegetables:
Radish coated seed
The seed is covered in a coat consisting of a carrier substance, a plant
strengthener and humic acid. This increases the weight of the seed, allowing it
to be sown accurately within a radius of up to 26 metres.
Seeds are undersown into wheat about 3 weeks before the harvest using a fertiliser spreader (ideally a pneumatic model). The existing rows are used for this. Tests have clearly shown that these heavier seeds are much more evenly sown than uncoated seeds. It was also found that coated seed coped much better with drought stress than uncoated seeds, as additional water can be stored in the coat. Radicles also form more quickly from coated seed.
Better soil contact leads to higher emergence rates
Seedlings get the nutrients they need so that young plants develop strongly
The coat preserves and protects the seed until the ideal moisture conditions have been reached
Growth is much better than with postharvest sowing
Sowing radius of up to 26 metres
Contains plant strengtheners to improve the health and strength of young plants
Contains humic acid for reliable germination and increased nutrient uptake
Even distribution pattern