viterra® Cover crop blend



... the health blends


  • Control of Lesion Nematodes (Pratylenchus spp.) and prevention of viral Corky Ring Spot in potatoes with multi-resistant oil radish DEFENDER and saia oat PRATEX
  • Fast-growing with intensive weed suppression 
  • Abundant organic matter boosts beneficial soil organisms
  • The tuft root of PRATEX and the tap root of DEFENDER supplement each other by rooting the entire topsoil
  • In water protection trials, viterra® INTENSIV was shown to have low Nmin contents before winter 
  • viterra® INTENSIV is especially recommended for potato crop rotations and is also available as an organic - mixtures

Blend details:

Seeds %: 44 % Oil radish DEFENDER
56 % 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 +


  • Suitable for ecological focuse areas
  • Green manure
  • Humus formation
  • Ground water protection / Nitrogen conservation
  • Protection against erosion

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 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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