Hog Radish and Austrian Pea Mix Planted in Spring?

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  1. lv2hntnfsh

    lv2hntnfsh New Member

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    When I was browsing Welters catalog I saw this mix and it got me thinking. Has anyone had any experience planting either of these in the spring(or similar brassica mixes)? I am wondering what the results are for consumable tonnage come winter for the wildlife.

    I want to get away from the risk of no rain in the all too common Southern Iowa late summer droughts as of late. This year I ended up with a couple of dud-ish plots and I want to prevent this from happening again. I am not worried about them reseeding themselves.

    I have about 3.5-4 acres to experiment with aside from my 7 acres of beans and corn. I would love to hear some first hand experience!
     
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  3. Sligh1

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    I’ll read up on welters. Radish and winter don’t usually go together and radish is usually a very fast maturing plant. I’ll see what I’m missing if different variety or what the deal is. Sounds like a green manure plow down in late July or early August to put in something else where N could be utilized. But- I’ll read up and reply back.
     
  4. goatman

    goatman I hunt days ending in Y

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    Neither one will be good by summer. Both are cool season plants. Austrian peas are winter peas.
     
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    I didn’t find that on welters but maybe I missed it. I’d do em late summer.
     
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    I'm thinking that planted in the spring, the peas would all be grazed to nothing and the radish would be rotten by winter. Not thinking that's a good way to get a winter food source. I would stick with your beans & corn for that. Not based on personal experience planting them in the spring though...
     
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    Paul’s strip planting seems to be tough to beat.
    Look through his grain thread and he talked about summer droughts and how he delt with them.
     
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    Bingo. Go to dbltree threads.
    In regards to drought- organic matter & residue on top (like a rye thatch) are huge leaps to fighting & tolerating drought.
     

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