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COVER CROPS

NOTICE: From time to time, supplies of Certified Organic Seed run out. When this occurs, we use the organic seeds (in a mixture) that we still have and then use Untreated non-GMO seed for the remainder of the mixture. We will then issue a non-GMO letter upon request.

Dixie Crimson Clover
OR & UT
  • Fast establishing in the fall
  • Moderately winter hardy
  • Early spring growth and blooming allows for early spring planting of cash crop
  • Mixes well with small grains, ryegrass and other grasses and legumes

Zones: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6


Buckwheat
UT & OR
  • Excellent summer plow down
  • 40-50 day green manure crop

Zones: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6


Common Hairy Vetch
UT & OR
  • Heavy N producer at 50% bloom; can reduce N costs by 1/3 to 1/2
  • Works well ahead of corn or sorghums and sudangrass
  • Rapid spring growth gives heavy mulch cover
  • Excellent spring weed suppression and erosion control
  • Can no-till into mulch layer
  • Holds moisture for following crop
  • Works well as a green manure

Zones: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6


Deep-Till Radish
OR
  • Fast establishing
  • Biofumigant properties
  • Aggressive growth
  • Works well with KB Royal Annual Ryegrass

Zones: 1, 2. , 4, 5, 6


Nitro Radish
UT
  • Fast establishing in the fall
  • Biofumigant characteristics
  • Consistent root growth
  • Bred to grow straight down to penetrate hardpan
  • Works well with KB Royal Ryegrass

Zones: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

AS6201
UT
  • A proven, inexpensive variety
  • Dying roots become a biofumigant
  • Provides a tremendous amount of biomass for next crop

Zones: 2, 3, 4, 5, 6


Soil Builder
OR
  • Mixture of Ryegrass, Nitro Radish, Crimson Clover and Hairy Vetch
  • The fibrous roots of the ryegrass penetrate compacted soil and efficiently recycle nutrients
  • Nitro Radish establishes quickly to shade out weeds and the large root breaks up hardpans
  • Crimson Clover blooms relatively early and fixes nitrogen early in the spring
  • Hairy Vetch has the potential to fix more N than any other cover crop legume, but it needs to grow as long as possible into the spring for maximum fixation

Zones: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6