IN A SCENE reminiscent of a scifi movie the aboveground portion of tillage radishes are shown postburdown on Long Lake Plantation near Helena Ark The radishes along with cereal rye and dwarf rapecanola are used as winter cover crops to prevent erosion The leftover organic matter helps reduce damage to young crop seedlings from strong spring winds

IN A SCENE reminiscent of a sci-fi movie, the above-ground portion of tillage radishes are shown post-burdown on Long Lake Plantation near Helena, Ark. The radishes, along with cereal rye and dwarf rape/canola are used as winter cover crops to prevent erosion. The leftover organic matter helps reduce damage to young crop seedlings from strong spring winds.

Cover crops bring benefits for Arkansas producers

Mike Taylor and his son, Mikey, prevent erosion and wind damage on their 6,500-acre Long Lake Plantation near Helena, Ark., with a “cocktail mix” of winter cover crops. They plant tillage radishes — which can send a tuber as much as 60 inches into the soil —cereal rye, and rape/canola on about half their acreage.