Forage

Short rotation forage crops function both as cover crops when they occupy land for pasture or haying, and as green manures when they are eventually incorporated or killed for the no-till mulch. Examples include sods of alfalfa, clover, and legumes. For maximum soil-improving benefits, the forage should not be grazed or cut for hay during its last growth period, to allow for biomass to accumulate prior to killing.

$5.00

Great for cover crops, wildlife and winter grazing!

$6.00

High concentrations of protein, sugar content and leaf yields.

Common
Alfalfa
$8.00

Somewhat winter hardy, but grows more quickly than regular alfalfa. Alfalfa has so many potential uses in the garden and on the farm.

$7.00

Winter annual protects and improves soil! A good nitrogen fixer (70-150 lbs per acre per year).

$5.00

Dwarf Essex Rape is a perfect grazer plant that will persist well after the first frost. Ready to pasture 6-8 weeks after sowing.

Forage Chicory
Broadleaf
$13.00

Chicory has a long taproot that penetrates subsoils which makes it drought tolerant and allows it to make minerals more available to livestock.

Hairy Vetch
Legumes
$7.00

Typical nitrogen produced is 100 lbs. per acre. Hairy Vetch has rapid growth that makes it a good weed suppressant.

$8.00

Ladino clover has a high nutritive value and palatability make it a popular choice in pasture mixtures.

$7.00

Mammoth Red is a popular biennial clover used for Nitrogen addition and hay crops. Large plant with big leaves makes it an ideal grazing crop.

$7.00

Medium Red Clover is fast to establish and can be grown in most soil types. Works well for hay or silage.

$5.00

Packer forage pea is a cool-season, annual legume with good, nitrogen-fixing capabilities.

$5.00

Secada forage pea is highly palatable, self-climbing, with high dry matter yields.

Sweet Clover
Legumes
$7.00

Sweet clover can grow nearly anywhere under most conditions. Our favorite clover because it is more versatile than other clovers at nitrogen fixating, erosion control and attracting beneficial insects.

$8.00

A living mulch of permanent cover. Spreads by stolons. Grow low so takes close mowing and grazing.

$6.00

Wildlife Sunflower is a special attractant to upland game birds as fall and winter feed.