Forage radishes are a cool season food plot forage that attract deer to eat the leafy tops and are easily mixed into your fall food plot mixes. Forage radishes provide a super attraction forage for does to spend more time in your food plot and draw in bucks during the rut. These have become our #1 fall attraction forage with over 95% success rate. In fact, we have stopped recommending winter peas in fall mixes and have replaced them with forage radishes because they cost half as much to plant per acre and will re-grow under deer grazing unlike the winter peas that die easily under grazing.
Not only do these forage radishes provide attraction but they also aerate your soil, build organic matter, and increase nutrient content in the root zone. The forage radish shoots under the ground rapidly decompose in early spring to create a void in the soil which aerates the soil. At the same time, the decomposing radish shoots provide new organic matter for your plots. The third thing forage radishes do to improve the soil is to reach down and pull nutrients from deep underground and use them in the development of the shoot which decompose later in the spring. There are many more functions of forage radishes – all of which produce better soil quality.
You can mix forage radishes with your winter food plot mix (5 pounds per acre recommended planting rate) or you can plant forage radishes by themselves (10 pounds per acre recommended planting rate) planted at a depth of 1/4 to 1/2 inches deep. Just make sure you plant daikon radishes at least 6 weeks before the first frost in your area to give them adequate time for development before cool weather hits.
Make sure to use BioGreen fertilizers with any planting to achieve ultimate plot success. You can find more info on our BioGreen products HERE