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Nematode resistant Oil radish


For fast greening and nematode control


  • Beet Cyst Nematode control at a high level, up to 90% reduction of Heterodera schachtii (resistance level 2)
  • MERKUR is resistant to Meloidogyne chitwoodi (officially tested in the Netherlands)
  • Rapid, healthy initial development with rapid soil coverage ensures effective weed suppression and good tilth formation
  • Widely branched and deep root system with low tendency to radish formation
  • Nutrients are conserved during winter and protected from being shifted into rootless soil layers
  • MERKUR is ideally suited as a cover crop before sugar beet and potatoes

Variety characteristics:

(Officially confirmed or respectively in line with Bundessortenamt)

Initial mass formation: 7
Tendency to flower: 4
Stiffness: 8

bad / early / short / low
good / late / long / high

Resistance against Heterodera schachtii: Resistance level: 2

Crop rotation suitability:

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


  • Reduction of Beet Cyst Nematodes
  • Green manure
  • Ground water protection / Nitrogen conservation
  • Mulch sowing
  • Humus formation
  • Protection against erosion
  • Biogas- and fodder production
  • Biofumigation

Agronomic features:

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

Cultivation recommendations:

Recommended sowing rate 25 - 30 kg/ha
Sowing depth 2 - 3 cm
Sowing period July until middle of August - depending on location! Early sowing for succesful nematode control.
Fertilization 40 - 60 kg N/ha
Crop protection Usually there is no plant protection required.
Sowing method In order to gain a fast and even development of the oil radish plants, drilling after careful soil preparation is recommended.

20.09.2018 09:36:00 // 2.00 - Breeder: P. H. Petersen Saatzucht Lundsgaard GmbH

Cover crop programme 2021