Planting Tips

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TILLAGE RADISH® PLANTING TIPS & SEEDING RATE 

TILLAGE RADISH Planting Tips

Drill Seeder (6 lbs/acre): Using small grass box, use alfalfa setting as a guide to set seeding rate. A large seed box can be used but the setting is very low and somewhat difficult to establish. Use alfalfa as comparable seed on drill charts, reducing by 10%. It's important to calibrate your drill to determine correct seeding rate.

Broadcasting (High Boy) / Aerial Seeding (8-10 lbs/acre): Strive for good soil and moisture contact (If fields are moist, fly seeds on. If fields are dry, push seeds in)

  • Standing corn seeding indicator is when 1" patches of sunlight on soil surface are seen or approximately 4 weeks prior to anticipated harvest time
  • Standing soybean seeding indicator is at leaf yellowing, prior to leaf drop
  • Cotton seeding indicator is right before defoliation
  • Improve success rate by using drop tubes when seeding with a high clearance cover crop seeder.

Precision Planter (4 lbs/acre): 15" rows using 60-cell small milo or sugar beet plate with 4" in-row spacing. Seed is selected for Precision Planting performance.

Nitrogen: To reach peak potential, needs 40-60 lbs of N, residual or applied.

Planting: For best results, plant in late summer to early fall, at least 3 weeks (typically 30-60 days) prior to the first average killing frost. Green growth starts in less than a week in normal conditions; radish size depends on growth time, length of sunlight, plant competition and available nutrients to scavenge. Tillage Radish® is a broad leaf plant. Consider this when planning your herbicide program.

Planting Depth: 1/4 to 1/2 inch deep. Can be planted 1" in light soils if necessary to reach moisture. When using a high clearance seeder, germination rate will be improved by using drop tubes to improve seed-soil contact.

Seeding Rate:
  • Drilling: 6 lbs/acre
  • Broadcast / Aerial: 8-10 lbs/acre
  • Precision Planting (15" with 4" in-row): 4 lbs/acre

Control: Tillage Radish® winterkills with 3 consecutive nights in the mid-teens. If no winterkill, control with mowing, grazing or burndown of one quart of glyphosate with one pint of 2,4-D equivalent at flowering.

TILLAGE ROOTMAX™ PLANTING TIPS & SEEDING RATE 

TILLAGE ROOTMAX Planting Tips Planting: Plant 3-10 weeks prior to the first average killing frost

Seeding Depth: 3/8 - 0.5" Comparable seed on drill chart is tall fescue (reduce by 20%), crested wheat grass (reduce by 10%) or annual ryegrass. The small seed box can be used.

Seeding Rate:
  • For Cover Crop by Drill (7.5" rows): 12 lbs/acre
  • Broadcast / Aerial: 15-18 lbs/acre
  • Precision Planting (15" with 1.5" in-row): 10 lbs/acre (Kinze Brush Meter with Backing Plate - 60 Cell Milo Plate)
  • For Forage by Drill or Broadcast: 18-30 lbs/acre

Application: Achieve ideal soil-to-moisture contact. If fields are moist, fly seeds on. If fields are dry, push seeds in.

  • Aerially applied into standing corn: seeding indicator is when 1" patches of sunlight on soil surface are seen or approx. 4 weeks prior to anticipated harvest time.
  • Aerially applied into standing cotton: seeding indicator is right before defoliation.
  • Aerially applied with a high clearance cover crop seeder: improve success rate by using drop tubes when seeding.

Control: Requires a burndown of two quarts of glyphosate before jointing in spring. Best control is achieved spraying on a warm day (sunny, above 60ºF) between 9 AM and 4 PM with water adjusted to 5.5 ph. Suggested burndown is at approximately 8-12" in height, before the first node has developed or prior to jointing stage.

RootMax™ is genetically selected and certified for genetic purity and uniform stand establishment. This can lead to easier spring burndown requiring only one herbicide application depending on growing conditions. Scout fields two weeks after the first control application to ensure there are no escapes and re-apply herbicide as needed.

Forage: RootMax™ makes an excellent winter forage for livestock. Its extensive deep rooting increases nutritional value by drawing nutrients from deep in the soil profile. It features high vegetative tillering and is a good choice for cool season grazing.

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TILLAGEMAX Indy™ PLANTING TIPS & SEEDING RATE 

TILLAGEMAX Indy Planting Tips

Cover Crop Species: Tillage Radish® + Tillage RootMax™ + CCS Crimson Clover

Planting: Plant in the fall as soon after harvest as possible.Typically, this is 3-10 weeks prior to first average killing frost.

Seeding Depth: 1/4 - 1" as required for good seed-to-soil contact with adequate moisture present. Comparable seed on drill chart is tall fescue (reduce by 25%), crested wheat grass (reduce by 15%), or annual ryegrass.

Seeding Rate:
  • Drill (7.5" rows): 15 lbs/acre
  • Broadcast / Aerial: 17 lbs/acre
  • Precision Planting (15" with 2" in-row): 12 lbs/acre (Kinze Brush Meter with Backing Plate - 60 Cell Milo Plate)
  • Forage: Increase rate to 20 lbs/acre

Application: Achieve ideal soil-to-moisture contact. If fields are moist, fly seeds on. If fields are dry, push seeds in.

  • Broadcast / Aerially applied into standing corn: seeding indicator is when 1" patches of sunlight on soil surface are seen or approx. 4 weeks prior to anticipated harvest time.
  • Into standing soybean: seeding indicator is at leaf yellowing.
  • Into standing cotton: seeding indicator is right before defoliation. Using a high clearance cover crop seeder: improve success rate by using drop tubes when seeding.

Control: Tillage Radish® winterkills with 3 nights in the mid-teens. Tillage RootMax™ and CCS Crimson Clover require a burndown of two quarts of glyphosate with one pint of 2,4-D. Best control is achieved spraying on a warm day (sunny, above 60ºF) between 9 AM and 4 PM with water adjusted to 5.5 ph. Suggested burndown is when Tillage RootMax™ is approx. 8-12" in height, before the first node has developed or prior to jointing stage.

Forage: TillageMax Indy makes an excellent winter forage for livestock.Its extensive deep rooting increases nutritional value by drawing nutrients from deep in the soil profile. RootMax features high vegetative tillering and is a good choice for cool season grazing.

TILLAGEMAX Bristol™ PLANTING TIPS & SEEDING RATE 

TILLAGEMAX Bristol Planting Tips

Cover Crop Species: Tillage Radish® + Tillage RootMax™

Planting: Plant in the fall as soon after harvest as possible. Typically, this is 3-10 weeks prior to first average killing frost.

Seeding Depth: 1/4 - 1" as required for good seed-to-soil contact with adequate moisture present. Comparable seed on drill chart is tall fescue (reduce by 25%), crested wheat grass (reduce by 15%), annual ryegrass.

Seeding Rate:
  • Drill (7.5" rows): 12 lbs/acre
  • Broadcast / Aerial: 15 lbs/acre
  • Precision Planting (15" with 1.75" in-row): 10 lbs/acre (Kinze Brush Meter with Backing Plate - 60 Cell Milo Plate)
  • Forage: Increase rate to 17 lbs/acre

Application: Achieve ideal soil-to-moisture contact. If fields are moist, fly seeds on. If fields are dry, push seeds in.

  • Broadcast / Aerially applied into standing corn: seeding indicator is when 1" patches of sunlight on soil surface are seen or approx. 4 weeks prior to anticipated harvest time.
  • Into standing soybean: seeding indicator is at leaf yellowing.
  • Into standing cotton: seeding indicator is right before defoliation.
  • Using a high clearance cover crop seeder: improve success rate by using drop tubes when seeding.

Control: Tillage Radish® winterkills with 3 nights in the mid-teens. If Tillage Radish® does not winterkill, add one pint of 2,4-D type herbicide at flowering / bolting. Tillage RootMax™ requires a burndown of two quarts of glyphosate. Best control is achieved spraying on a warm day (sunny, above 60ºF) between 9 AM and 4 PM with water adjusted to 5.5 ph. Suggested burndown is at approximately 8-12" in height, before the first node has developed or prior to jointing stage.

Forage: TillageMax Bristol makes an excellent winter forage for livestock. Its extensive deep rooting increases nutritional value by drawing nutrients from deep in the soil profile. RootMax™ features high vegetative tillering and is a good choice for cool season grazing.

TILLAGEMAX Daytona™ PLANTING TIPS & SEEDING RATE 

TILLAGEMAX Daytona Planting Tips

Cover Crop Species: Tillage Radish® + CCS Crimson Clover

Planting: Plant in the fall as soon after harvest as possible.Typically, this is 3-10 weeks prior to first average killing frost.

Seeding Depth: 1/4 - 1" as required for good seed-to-soil contact with adequate moisture present. Comparable seed on drill chart is alfalfa. A small seed box can be used.

Seeding Rate:
  • Drill (7.5" rows): 10 lbs/acre
  • Broadcast / Aerial: 13 lbs/acre
  • Precision Planting (15" with 1.5" in-row): 8 lbs/acre (Kinze Brush Meter with Backing Plate - 60 Cell Milo Plate)
  • Forage: Increase rate to 13 lbs/acre

Application: Achieve ideal soil-to-moisture contact. If fields are moist, fly seeds on. If fields are dry, push seeds in.

  • Broadcast / Aerially applied into standing corn: seeding indicator is when 1" patches of sunlight on soil surface are seen or approx. 4 weeks prior to anticipated harvest time.
  • Into standing soybean: seeding indicator is at leaf yellowing.
  • Into standing cotton: seeding indicator is right before defoliation.
  • Using a high clearance cover crop seeder: improve success rate by using drop tubes when seeding.

Control: Tillage Radish® winterkills with 3 nights in the mid-teens. CCS Crimson Clover can be controlled by a spring burndown of one pint of 2,4-D type herbicide along with one quart of glyphosate.

TILLAGEMAX Dover™ PLANTING TIPS & SEEDING RATE 

TILLAGEMAX Dover Planting Tips

Cover Crop Species: Tillage Radish® + CCS Oats

Planting: Plant in the fall as soon after harvest as possible. Typically, this is 3-10 weeks prior to first average killing frost.

Seeding Depth: 1/2 - 1" as required for good seed-to-soil contact with adequate moisture present. Comparable seed on drill chart is oats.

Seeding Rate:
  • Drill (7.5" rows): 25 lbs/acre
  • Broadcast / Aerial: 30 lbs/acre
  • Precision Planting (15" with 5" in-row): 20 lbs/acre (Kinze Brush Meter with Backing Plate - 60 Cell Soybean Plate)
  • Forage: Increase rate to 40-50 lbs/acre

Application: Achieve ideal soil-to-moisture contact. If fields are moist, fly seeds on. If fields are dry, push seeds in.

  • Broadcast / Aerially applied into standing corn: seeding indicator is when 1" patches of sunlight on soil surface are seen or approx. 4 weeks prior to anticipated harvest time.
  • Into standing soybean: seeding indicator is at leaf yellowing.
  • Into standing cotton: seeding indicator is right before defoliation.
  • Using a high clearance cover crop seeder: improve success rate by using drop tubes when seeding.

Control: Tillage Radish® and CCS Oats winterkill with 3 nights in the mid-teens. If they do not winterkill, apply a combination of one pint of 2,4-D type herbicide along with one quart of glyphosate at flowering or heading.

Forage: TillageMax Dover makes an excellent winter forage for livestock. Its extensive deep rooting increases nutritional value by drawing nutrients from deep in the soil profile. Tillage Radish® and CCS Oats provide a good choice for cool season grazing.

TILLAGEMAX Charlotte™ PLANTING TIPS & SEEDING RATE 

TILLAGEMAX Charlotte Planting Tips

Cover Crop Species: Tillage Radish® + CCS Winter Forage Triticale + CCS Crimson Clover

Planting: Plant 3-10 weeks prior to first killing frost.

Seeding Depth: 1" as required for good seed-to-soil contact with adequate moisture present. Comparable seed on drill chart is wheat.

Seeding Rate:
  • Drill (7.5" rows): 40 lbs/acre
  • Broadcast / Aerial: 50 lbs/acre
  • Precision Planting (15" with 5" in-row): 30 lbs/acre (Kinze Brush Meter with Backing Plate - 60 Cell Soybean Plate)
  • Forage: Increase rate to 40-50 lbs/acre

Control: It is recommended to control when CCS Winter Forage Triticale reaches 18" in height. Use one quart of glyphosate and one pint of a 2,4-D product which will control CCS Winter Forage Triticale, CCS Crimson Clover and any Tillage Radish® that may not have been winterkilled.

TILLAGEMAX Homestead™ PLANTING TIPS & SEEDING RATE 

TILLAGEMAX Homestead Planting Tips

Cover Crop Species: Tillage Radish® + Tillage Sunn™ + CCS Sorghum-Sudangrass

Planting: Plant in late spring after last frost and up to 8 weeks prior to the first frost in fall.

Seeding Depth: 1" as required for good seed-to-soil contact with adequate moisture present. Comparable seed on drill chart is wheat.

Seeding Rate:
  • Drill (7.5" rows): 15 lbs/acre
  • Broadcast / Aerial: Not recommended
  • Precision Planting (15" with 4" in-row): 12 lbs/acre (Kinze Brush Meter with Backing Plate - 60 Cell Soybean Plate)
  • Forage: Increase rate to 30 lbs/acre

Control: Tillage Sunn™ and CCS Sorghum-Sudangrass kill with the first frost. Tillage Radish® is winterkilled with a few nights in the mid-teens. A quart of glyphosate and one pint of a 2,4-D product will control any Tillage Radish® that may not have been winterkilled.

TILLAGEMAX Talladega™ PLANTING TIPS & SEEDING RATE 

TILLAGEMAX Talladega Planting Tips

Cover Crop Species: Tillage Radish® + CCS Winter Forage Triticale

Planting: Plant 3-10 weeks prior to first killing frost.

Seeding Depth: 1" as required for good seed-to-soil contact with adequate moisture present. Comparable seed on drill chart is wheat.

Seeding Rate:
  • Drill (7.5" rows): 40 lbs/acre
  • Broadcast / Aerial: 50 lbs/acre
  • Precision Planting (15" with 5" in-row): 30 lbs/acre (Kinze Brush Meter with Backing Plate - 60 Cell Soybean Plate)
  • Forage: Increase rate to 40-50 lbs/acre

Control: It is recommended to control when CCS Winter Forage Triticale reaches 18" in height. Use one quart of glyphosate and one pint of a 2,4-D product which will control any Tillage Radish® that may not have been winterkilled.

TILLAGE SUNN™ PLANTING TIPS & SEEDING RATE 

TILLAGE SUNN Planting Tips

Planting: Plant anytime after last threat of spring frost. For maximum benefit, plant a minimum of 8 weeks before average first frost in the fall.

Seeding Depth & pH: Plant from 1/2 inch to 1 inch deep as required for good seed-to-soil contact with adequate moisture present on a weed-free seed bed. Soil pH 5.5 to 7.5

Seeding Rate:
  • Drilling: (7.5" rows) 15 lbs/acre
  • Broadcast / Aerial: Not recommended
  • Precision Planting (15" with 4" in-row): 9 lbs/acre (Kinze Brush Meter with Backing Plate - 60 Sugar Beet Plate)
  • Precision Planting (30" with 4" in-row): 5 lbs/acre (Kinze Brush Meter with Backing Plate - 60 Sugar Beet Plate)

Application: Herbicides are typically not needed to control Tillage Sunn™ as it does not tolerate temperatures below 40 degrees and is completely killed by one frost.

Control: Control (terminate) at ­first flower for maximum benefi­t, and before it becomes fibrous and difficult to manage.

CCS WINTER FORAGE TRITICALE PLANTING TIPS & SEEDING RATE 

CCS WINTER FORAGE TRITICALE

Planting: Plant 4-8 weeks prior to first average killing frost, and as late as 6 weeks after the frost. Planting is similar to Cereal Rye.

Seeding Depth 1" – 1.5” as required for good seed-to-soil contact with adequate moisture. Comparable seed on drill chart is wheat. Soil pH 5.5 to 7.5.

Seeding Rate as Cover Crop:
  • Drill (7.5" rows): 50 lbs/acre
  • Broadcast / Aerial: 70-80 lbs/acre
  • Precision Planting (15" with 2" in-row): 40 lbs/acre (Kinze Brush Meter with Backing Plate - 60 Cell Soybean Plate; with White Planter, use Wheat Plate)
Seeding Rate as Forage:
  • Drill (7.5" rows): 100 lbs/acre
  • Broadcast / Aerial: 120 lbs/acre
  • Precision Planting (15" with 2" in-row): 80 lbs/acre

Control: Requires a burndown of one quart glyphosate herbicide prior to boot stage. Can also be mechanically controlled by mowing or flattening with a roller or crimper in the milk or dough stage.

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