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Cover Crop

Cover Crop

The benefits of cover crop

  • Increases organic matter and available nitrogen
  • Increases earthworms and beneficial microorganisms
  • Stabilizes soil to prevent erosion
  • Brings deep-rooted minerals to the surface
  • Improves water, root and air penetration of soil
  • Increases the soil’s moisture-holding capacity
  • Breaks up subsoil and plow-soles
  • Provides aesthetic value and color
  • Provides habitat, nectar, and pollen for beneficial insects while choking out weeds

What you need to know about our cover crop

  • NO GMOs: We sell no genetically engineered seeds or inoculants. No fungicide-treated seed is sold unless specifically noted.
  • Not Food-Grade Please don’t make soup with these beans. Our cover crop seed is not food grade. Seed for human consumption has special handling requirements which these seeds may not meet.
  • Farmers & Pros Know what you need, but don’t see it? Want a better price on big orders? No problem, give us a call. We have more specialty cover crop varieties available than are shown here. We also can do custom blends to your specifications. Ask about special pricing on large amounts.
  • Annual Cool Weather: Planted in fall, these cover crops will establish over winter and flush in the spring, ready to be tilled in.
  • Perennial: These cover crops are not intended to be tilled and therefore are used in situations such as grazing, erosion control, or simply aesthetics.
  • Legume: This is any plant in the Fabaceae family. These include: peas, beans, clovers, alfalfa, lentils, lupines, and even peanuts. Legumes fix nitrogen efficiently, making crop rotation viable without the extensive use of fertilizer.
  • Non-Legume: Planted in conjunction with legumes (or alone) to provide various “specialty” fixes such as breaking up soil, providing roughage, or erosion control and scaffolding.
  • Inoculant: Inoculants kickstart the nitrogen-fixing process for non-rhizocoated, or raw legumes. Different legumes need different bacteria so we offer several inoculants.
  • Rhizocoated: Seeds that are rhizocoated are covered with the appropriate innoculant and protective coating. Rhizocoated seed is heavier than raw seed, resulting in less seed per pound.
  • Raw: Means that the seeds are not rhizocoated.
  • Endophyte Enhanced: Turfgrass enhanced with non-pathogenic fungal endophytes may meet demands for reduced pesticide use and lower inputs for maintenance of turf and production of sod. Do not use for grazing.
  • Green Manure: Although we use “Cover Crop” to describe all non-food crops grown to benefit the soil, the term ‘Green Manure’ is applied specifically to crops grown for plowing under (or 'till in', or 'till under''). Green manure crops are typically annuals, such as the Soil Builder Mixes, Vetches, and Bell Beans.

Knowing what cover crop you need

Cover crops are one of the cornerstones of sustainable agriculture. They are low cost, easy to maintain, and earth friendly. In the end, cover crops benefit the soil, the crop, and the grower.

Use the solution chart for cover crops to determine which of our cover crops suit your needs. Mix it up. Our mixes have been composed to provide the ideal solution across any number of scenarios.

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Find the seed for your need in our Solution Chart for Cover Crops.

Solution Chart for Cover Crops