cover crop http://wkms.org en Farmers Use Radishes to Enrich Soil http://wkms.org/post/farmers-use-radishes-enrich-soil <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Many of farmer Jim Kelly’s fields in Murray are bright green with winter wheat even after several frosts. But tromp around some of his other crop fields and you’ll find the withering leaves of radishes. And he’s just going to keep letting them rot.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">"</span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">These things are in the process of dying. See, some of them already have," he said.</em></p><p>Kelly’s crop usually consists of tobacco, wheat, soybeans, corn and hay. But this year he’s adding radishes to his rotation in his soybean fields as a cover crop. The pale yellow vegetable looks a lot like a carrot and digs down breaking up the soil. Kelly won’t harvest the radishes. They grow until the first hard freeze then begin to die.</p><p> Sat, 19 Jan 2013 17:30:00 +0000 Whitney Jones 26975 at http://wkms.org Farmers Use Radishes to Enrich Soil