Steve Redelman holds two sample vials containing cover crop seed, which he sells for Center Seeds out of Ohio.
Steve Redelman holds two sample vials containing cover crop seed, which he sells for Center Seeds out of Ohio.
DECATUR, Ind. — Day-to-day tasks around a farm can require the farmer to be a jack-of-all-trades to make sure everything gets done in a timely manner.

This is the case for Steve Redelman, owner of Farm Solutions and a sales representative for Center Seeds. He noted that his business, which he started back in high school, sells feed, seed and fertilizer.

Last fall, he became a cover crop seed dealer when his customers began inquiring about planting some cover crops in their fields. One of the products offered at his store is the Tillage Radish.

“It has long roots and helps break up hard parts in the soil,” he said, adding that growers who plant the radish as a cover crop also can turn out cattle or hogs to pasture in the field.

Redelman mentioned that the radish typically is planted during the fall, so the grower can go back into the field in the spring and plow it up.

“It will die off over the winter,” he said, adding that the Tillage Radish offered by Center Seeds does not have a smell to it.

He also added that using the radish as a cover crop is beneficial because it puts nitrogen back into the ground.

When producers plow up a field and work the radish remnants into the soil’s organic matter, they will have 30 percent to 50 percent higher nitrogen rates per acre and actually will not have to put as much lime or fertilizer on their corn and beans, he said.