Japanese Radish is an annual temperate root crop. It is cultivated for forage and it has a thickened taproot that makes up the bulk of the production. It is conventionally utilised as grazing (sheep, goats or cattle), or alternatively fed to animals after uprooting it.
It makes good silage if mixed with other roughage with a low water content like wheat straw. It can also be preserved by chopping and drying it.
It can be utilized in winter and early spring (depending on planting date) under dry land conditions or irrigation. It requires at least 350 mm rainfall per annum if it is cultivated under dry land conditions. It is also produced under irrigation.
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4 – 12 t DM/ha/season
Depending on environmental conditions and management
High production of good quality forage
Drought tolerant once established
Cost effective crop
Successful to aerate soils due to the large root