Too early for turnip and radish?

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  1. loneranger

    loneranger Well-Known Member

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    Is it too early to plant turnip and radish? I know usual time is end of July beginning of August. Thanks
     
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    Yeah. I'd rather be a little late than too early.
     
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    Glad you asked that question, I was wondering the same thing....
     
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    Only problem is with a good rain. Which is hard to come by with this heat dome. May have a good chance this week. What I do is get area tilled and prepped. When I see a big rain on radar I run out and plant. But I guess its too early.
     
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    It may be too early. Don’t want the crop to mature too early. These are small plots
     
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    A little too early IMO. But...now would be a good time to plant rutabagas!
     
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    For you Iowa boys, broadcasting Purple Top Turnips into bean stubble...First week of August? Thoughts
     
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    Im assuming its a field that was beans last year? If thats the case as long as you can good seed to soil contact you should be fine with adequate rain, which this year seems to be a premium
     
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    Timing wise, I think you would be fine there. But, while I have had it work to broadcast brasssicas, I have also had it not work so well at times. I still do it, but it isn't a 100% guarantee in my experience. Of course, timely rains are key. If you do so right before a nice soaker I think you are probably in the 98% likely to succeed category.
     
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    We usually wait till the beans are well into their yellowing process right before the leaves drop if possible. spread to soon and they get moisture and try to germinate without any sunlight and you'll have nothing.
     
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    Never heard of planting rutabagas? Do deer like them? Are they slower growing?
     
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    If you want to plant into beans go with just radishes. They are quicker to grow and can be planted later. Wait for bean yellow.
     
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    ive had great luck with planting brassicas in both beans and corn just after labor day weekend or the week after. And im more of a early to mid August time frame for planting turnips and radish- rather have a smaller bulb during hunting season
     
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    One more thing about planting too early is it's way too dry (usually). You may catch a rain to get them going but run the risk of them dying.
     
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    This ^^ is the most popular planting date range for brassicas, but...I have gone later, even into early September, many times, with good success. Usually my planting a little later was related to lacking moisture in early to mid August. While early August is the preferred planting date range...I would definitely plant them later if I was short on moisture and was just in front of a nice rain and be glad about that.

    If I am "late", as in September, then I shift the ratio to favor more radishes v. turnips...as radishes need a little less time to grow to be viable before frost.
     
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    "While early August is the preferred planting date range...I would definitely plant them later if I was short on moisture and was just in front of a nice rain and be glad about that."

    My last couple seasons of brassicas have been planted right around 8/1. Germination was solid but growth - not so much. I am no farmer so low PH (vs lack of subsequent moisture) could have been my issue. I have limed my brassica spots for this year and will be seeding a week or so later (rain dependent of course).
     
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    I an in the north part of the state and I like to see them in the ground July 15th - 25th if I want bulbs or any size. If all you want is green tops waiting wont hurt

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    Well lots of opinions. I have solid moisture now is the thing. With drought so many areas and excessive heat close by. I was thinking about this early. What is the downside to early? Tops may be eaten long before November I suppose.
     
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    Wait.... what?! You have moisture?!?!?! ;)
     
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