Cover Crop Blends
Let our cover crop blends work for you!
Prairie Creek Seed has an array of cover crop blends suitable for any soil type and environmental condition. The diversity of each blend can greatly improve your soil health and enhance the yield of your cash crops.
We have real-life experience implementing cover crop blends on our own farms and ranches. We have also worked with a diverse array of agricuiltural operations that have implemented cover crop blends successfully, some for the first time.
We also have years of research and experience throughout our team as well as partner with numerous, respected sources of sound management practices and information. Our broad network is here to serve you and help you determine which specie or mix would work best for your unique scenario.
Bottom line: cover crop blends can be a profitable introduction to any farming operation because they enhance soil health, prevent erosion and compaction and so much more. It is our goal to assist in your success of cover crop blend establishment and management.
Whether you are using cover crop blends for grazing or soil building, we want to be your source of seed and trusted information for successful cover crop blend implementation that works for your needs.
Agri-Vantage is a cover crop blend that is specifically designed to capture and hold nutrients in place for the next cash crop. It offers diversity through the various species within the mix, such as Winter Cereal Rye, Pick Axe Radishes, Barkant Turnips, and T-Raptor Rapeseed. This blend has rapid growth during the late summer which continues throughout the fall season. By extending the growing season in the fields more energy from the sun can be captured and stored. This also aids in sequestering carbon.
Alamo is a blend of oats, peas, radish, and forage brassica designed to be planted late summer into fall, then winter terminate. This eliminates the need for spring termination of a cover crop and requires little or no tillage before planting the current cash crop. Alamo will most likely not make it through the winter. This option works great for a first-time cover crop.
Austin is a blend of Sorghum X Sudangrass, sunn hemp and radish. This blend is composed of warm-season specie that will grow tremendous biomass if planted early enough in the summer. Austin is ideal for following a small grain crop or a late harvest of forage triticale or oats. For best results with this cover crop, plant before late August. The longer a cover crop has to grow, the more successful it will be. The sunn hemp will produce super amounts of nitrogen while the Sorghum X Sudangrass loosens the top soil. The radish breaks up deep compaction while scavenging nutrients.
Austin Tech Sheet
Cheyenne is a blend of radish and forage turnips designed for interseeding and is especially good for fall to early winter grazing. It is the most utilized of cover crops in areas that integrate livestock into a cropping plan. The forage turnip and radish will sequester many nutrients and provide very high-quality forage to complement corn stalks.
Indy is a blend of annual ryegrass, crimson clover and radish. This blend, when properly managed, has many benefits including erosion control, soil organic matter (OM) building and balanced nutrient release in the spring. This blend will have a lower winter survival than other blends depending on the winter and seeding time.
Indy Tech Sheet
Interseeder Plus is a diverse mix of Annual Ryegrass, Crimson Clover, Balansa Clover, and Hybrid Brassica. This cover crop blend was designed to capture excess nutrients in the late summer and early fall after the corn hits black layer. Interseeder Plus has shown excellent shade tolerance and is able to withstand the extreme shade under the corn canopy.
Jackson is a blend of clover, radish, tankard turnip and leaf turnip. Diversity is the key to building soil structure; the various brassica types will stimulate soil biology with different rooting types and nutrient holding tanks. The clover builds nitrogen and assists in building organic matter (OM). Ideally follow with a corn or grass crop to take advantage of the nitrogen (N) accumulation.
Lincoln is a cover crop with many applications for midsummer to early fall planting. This is a simple blend of radish and oats suited for first-time cover croppers that offers rapid establishment that will provide a quick canopy. The cool-season growth and combination of rooting types lead to excellent fall nutrient uptake.
Lincoln Tech Sheet
Nitro is a blend of five different clovers and radish. This blend is formulated to offer diversity and build nitrogen (N). The radish scavenges free nitrogen and other nutrients in the soil to hold and then release in the spring. The clovers are a mix of winter hardy and active clovers. This allows for clover to build more nitrogen in the spring before termination.
Nutri-Saver cover crop blend is specifically designed to capture and hold nutrients in place for your next cash crop. It offers the diversity of Annual Ryegrass, Radishes, Barkant Turnips, and Barsica Rapeseed. With this mix you will see a rapid growth in late summer which continues throughout the fall season. By extending the growing season of your fields, you are able to capture and store the energy from the sun in your soil. This also aids you to sequester carbon.
Springfield is a blend of triticale, crimson clover and radish. This blend has many of the attributes a producer is looking for in a cover crop. Of all the benefits a cover crop provides, this blend will deliver most if not all of them. This blend still needs to be planted later summer to early fall. The triticale is a winter-hardy cereal crop that will provide excellent cover and biomass in the spring. The crimson clover captures many nutrients in the fall and builds more nitrogen in the spring. The radish works great for nutrient capture and compaction alleviation.
Cover Crop and Forage Blend
Summer blend is a very diverse blend of warm season grasses, summer legumes and brassicas. This blend of six-plus species is very diverse, enhancing soil biology which in turns promotes soil health and structure. Earlier plantings between late spring through late August will improve the grazing season or build a tremendous amount of forage or material to build soil organic matter (OM). All specie in the blend are likely to winterkill, so planting any time after soils rise above 60 degrees or until after small grains.
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