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Buy Cover Crop Seeds

Cover crops are one of the cornerstones of sustainable agriculture. They are low cost, easy to maintain, and earth friendly. Cover crops will add organic matter, suppresses weeds and if you plant field peas or another legume, will add nitrogen to the soil. In the end, planting cover crop seed benefits the soil, the crop, and the grower. Use the "Cover Crop Solution Chart" to determine which of our cover crop seeds suit your needs. Mix it up! We have dozens of organic cover crop seeds and conventional cover crop seeds. Choose from Crimson Clover, Daikon Radish, Hairy Vetch, Sweet Clover, Red Clover and more.

buy cover crop seeds

Cover crops are a plant that is usually grown in the spring or fall to renew your soil with nutrients, organic matter, and restore soil structure. They are one of the most cost effective ways to sustainably maintain healthy soils as they also offer organic weed suppression and pest control benefits.

As more producers utilize cover crops, the benefits they can have for your land and livestock continue to become more apparent. Over the years we have developed and modified cover crop seed mixes for specific goals that many producers have in common, serving as proven solutions. We encourage custom mixes for those who have a unique situation or are looking to expand their cover crop experience with a unique blend.

Customized cover crop mixes can be valuable on your operation. Now, you can create a custom cover crop mix specific to your land and the goals. Start mixing your own cover crop seed mix today. We'll help!

We offer a wide selection of certified organic cover crop seed including grasses, legumes, non-legumes, buckwheat and mixes. Our selection includes varieties for every seasonal slot. Cover crops can add organic matter and nutrients to soils, smother weeds, displace pest species, break up compaction, prevent erosion, and attract beneficial insects. Cover crops range from hardy winter varieties to reseeding annuals.

The crew at Green Cover are recognized leaders in the field of cover crops. Whether looking to plant forage or improve your soil, Green Cover has the right seed or combination of seeds to help achieve a more profitable season for all. Give them a call.

Crimson Clover Dixie (Trifolium Incarnatum) - A winter annual, crimson clover is grown from bulk clover seeds from the Gulf Coast region to Southern Ohio clear to the West Coast. It is tolerant of medium soil acidity and will grow readily on both sandy and clay type soils. It is an important winter annual forage in the south, with growth continuing through the winter with the amount influenced by temperature.

White Cloud Crimson Clover (Trifolium Incarnatum) - White Cloud crimson clover is the only white flowered Trifolium incarnatum cultivar in the US. White Cloud is truly white flowering with white seeds.

Dwarf Essex Rape - One of the most versatile of the brassicas, being suitable for a wide range of soil fertility, cover cropping and environmental conditions, stock classes and sowing times. Great for deer food plots too!

Gardenway is a great cover crop seed for your home garden. It is a mixture of several different seeds which can establish quickly. Cover crops help retain the soil, lessen erosion, and add organic tilth to the soil if tilled in.

A hardy, viny, annual legume, attaining a height of 24 inches when planted alone and higher when planted with a tall companion crop that provides structural support for climbing. Often used as a cover crop seed.

Lacy Phacelia (Phacelia Tanacetifolia) - If you want to bring bees and other beneficial insects to your garden, start Lacy Phacelia seeds. This annual wildflower grows well in hot, harsh desert conditions, but it adapts easily to other environments. The Lacy Phacelia flower spike is light blue-violet and has bees busy all day long, and the foliage is fern-like and lacy in appearance.

Sinapis Alba Nemagon - This variety of white mustard is used for cover crops with outstanding nematode suppression. It hinders the life cycle of nematode larvae and acts as a natural biofumigant when turned in to the soil just before flowering.

Brassica Rapa - An easy to grow, short season brassica species used for forage, deer food plots, and cover crops. This turnip is white and purple that has smooth, globe roots take about 55 days to reach maturity.

This new generation annual ryegrass with exceptional plant vigor, forage yielding ability, stress tolerance and disease resistance is quick at germination and used for erosion control and cover crops.

Demand for cover crop seed is greater than ever. Organic producers who desire to reduce production costs and conserve natural resources are increasingly turning to cover crops as a method to accomplish those goals. This demand has encouraged research and breeding efforts on cover crop species. Seed sold in the U.S. is produced domestically as well as abroad. Winter annual cover crops including legumes and cereal grains are produced mostly in the northeast and in Canada. Many tropical summer legumes are produced in Hawaii, and some varieties of tropical legumes may come from Asia, India, and South America.

The National Organic Program regulations on annual seeds, including cover crop seeds, state that organically grown seeds must be used, when commercially available (CFR 205.204). If a grower can demostrate to the certifying agent that organic seed was not available, conventionally-grown, untreated seed can be used. Many commercially available cover crop seeds have been treated with prohibited substances such as a synthetic fungicide, but in many cases untreated seed is available. Fungicide- or insecticide-treated seeds may not be used by organic producers.

Producers who plant nonorganic untreated seed must provide documentation to support why organic seeds were not planted. Documentation typically includes a written account of at least three attempts (phone calls, written requests) for organic cover crop seed to support a substitution. Treated seed use must be supported by documented evidence of that use of the treatment was required under Federal or State phytosanitary regulations. Organic producers are required to save all seed labels for their records. As always, producers must get approval from their certification agency before making any changes or substitutions to their organic system plan (farm plan). Contact information of some seed suppliers that provide organic cover crop seed are identified in Table 2. For more information, see Sourcing Certified Organic Seed and the National Organic Program Regulations.

Organic producers are prohibited from planting seeds and planting stock grown using "excluded methods." The NOP defines "excluded methods" as, "A variety of methods used to genetically modify organisms or influence their growth and development by means that are not possible under natural conditions or processes and are not considered compatible with organic production. Such methods include cell fusion, microencapsulation and macroencapsulation, and recombinant DNA technology (including gene deletion, gene doubling, introducing a foreign gene, and changing the positions of genes when achieved by recombinant DNA technology). Such methods do not include the use of traditional breeding, conjugation, fermentation, hybridization, in vitro fertilization, or tissue culture."

There are many advantages to planting cover crops, such as reduced erosion, enhancement of biological control, and nutrient cycling. There may also be disadvantages, including additional production costs, delays in planting vegetables, increased pest occurrence and nitrogen immobilization. Most of these disadvantages can be avoided with a little research, good planning, and sound execution. 041b061a72


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