Cover Crops

We carry a full line of covercrop products. If you are looking for something not listed please contact us.

Legumes

  • Crimson Clover
  • Hairy Vetch
  • Yellow Blossom sweet clover
  • Red clover

Brassica / Broadleaf

  • Purple Top Turnip 
  • Forage Brassica
  • Oilseed Radish
  • Daikon Radish
  • Phacelia
  • Kale
  • Buckwheat

Annual Grasses

  • Sorghum Sudangrass
  • Golden German millet
  • Siberian millet
  • Crown millet
  • Annual ryegrass

Diakon Radish

  • Certified Tillage Radish or Drill-Bit Brand Radish available
  • Seeding rate- 7 lb/ac by drill or 10 lb/ac broadcast; with other species – 3-5 lb/ac; with winter cereal – 3 lb/ac
  • Depth – 1/4 to 1/2 inch deep
  • Timing – 5 to 10 weeks prior to killing frost in Northeast SK.

Crimson Clover

Crimson clover is a summer annual legume best used as a nitrogen fixating cover crop. The rapid growth of crimson clover gives it an attractive advantage as plow down for organic growers. In Northern Saskatchewan best seeding date is June as it requires warmer soil temperatures to germinate. To utilise the highest return of nitrogen to your soil, mulch at full flower.

  • Seeding rate: 15 lb/acre with drill, 20 lb/acre broadcast
  • Seeding depth: 1/4 inch
  • Best seeding date: June
  • Height: 12-20″
  • Nitrogen return: 70-130 lb/acre
  • Inoculated with Nitrogen Gold

Hairy Vetch

Hairy vetch is a short lived perennial legume well suited for cover crop blends with winter cereals or with other legumes as a green manure plow down. Once established hairy vetch’s vigorous (30-90 cm) tap root can seek moisture in drier conditions.  Not recommended for monoculture production as the carbon to Nitogren ratio

  • Seeding rate: 15 lb/acre with drill, 20 lb/acre broadcast
  • Seeding depth: 1/4 inch
  • Best seeding date: May-June
  • Nitrogen return: 90-200 lb/acre

Cover Crop FAQ

How does a cover crop work?

A cover crop works by improving the sustainability of farming operations. It does this through a variety of benefits:

  • Can increase organic matter content of the soil
  • Reducing nutrient loss from erosion, volatilization and leaching
  • Legumes fixing atmospheric nitrogen into the soil
  • Moves nutrients from the subsoil layer to the top soil layer
  • Improving soil aggregates allowing better water infiltration

What is a good cover crop?

Choosing a good cover crop will depend on your soil type and the condition of it. Here is a general list of good cover crops:

  • Nitrogen fixing legumes: crimson clover, white clover, yellow clover, hairy vetch
  • Cereal crops: rye, oats, triticale
  • Brassicas: daikon radish, turnip, forage rapeseed, kale

For planting cover crops in the fall, try to plant a mixture of brassica, cereal, and legume crops. Ideally aim for 3 species of each for diversity.

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