viterra® Cover crop blend



… the Health blend


  • Control of Lesion Nematodes (Pratylenchus spp.) and prevention of viral Corky Ring Spot in potatoes with multiresistant oil radish DEFENDER and saia oat PRATEX
  • viterra® INTENSIV ÖKO is a fast-growing blend with effective weed suppression
  • Abundant organic matter boosts the beneficial organisms in the soil
  • The tuft root of PRATEX and the tap root of DEFENDER supplement each other by rooting the whole topsoil
  • Containing the nematode-resistant oil radish, this blend is well suited as previous crop before sugar beets.

Blend details:

Weight %: 30 % Oil radish DEFENDER
70 % Saia oat / Bristle oat PRATEX
Free of crucifers: no
Free of legumes: yes
Winter hardy: no

Crop rotation suitability:

+ suitable / ++ strongly recommended
Maize +
Cereals +
Oilseed rape +
Sugar beets +
Potatoes ++
Intensive crops ++
Legumes +


  • Green manure
  • Humus formation
  • Ground water protection / Nitrogen conservation
  • Protection against erosion
  • Mulch sowing

Agronomic features:

bad / early / short / low --- good / late / long / high
Weed suppression: 9
Protection against erosion: 7
Ground water protection / Nitrogen conservation: 8
Humus formation: 8
Cold- and frost resistance: 5
Drought tolerance: 5
Type of root Tuft root + Tap root
Rooting depth 180 cm

Cultivation recommendations:

Recommended sowing rate 40 - 50 kg/ha
Sowing depth 1 - 2 cm
Sowing period Mid-July to early September - depending on location! Early sowing increases successfully the reduction.
Fertilization An early fertilization to promote the initial development is recommended.
Crop protection Usually there is no crop protection required
Sowing method Drill sowing ensure high crop emergences

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