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
Steve Redelman holds two sample vials containing cover crop seed, which he sells for Center Seeds out of Ohio.
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 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.