What's that smell? A familiar question being asked in parts of Godfrey recently. The answer appears to be radishes. A farmer near Airport Road apparently experimented with a greener way of working the land, not knowing the smell the final product would produce.
Radishes have a root system that extends several feet, naturally aerating and breaking up the soil. In the spring, the ground cover can then be tilled into the soil, saving the farmer on both the cost of fertilizer and the damage to the land it does. Godfrey Mayor Mike McCormick:
McCormick says radishes normally only grow to about the size of a small carrot.
McCormick says he contacted both the Illinois Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Department of Agriculture to try and figure out how to address the smell. He says the farmer is looking at other cover crops for next fall.