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VNS Winter Rye Seed

VNS Winter Rye Seed

Winter rye is an incredibly versatile winter cereal, making it an exceptional choice for cover cropping. Known for its effectiveness in soil stabilization, biomass production, weed suppression, and nutrient accumulation, winter rye is a highly productive cool-season grass. It offers a long planting window and can germinate at temperatures as low as 34 degrees Fahrenheit, making it highly adaptable to various growing conditions. Benefits Soil Stabilization: Excellent at stabilizing soil and preventing erosion. Biomass Production: Produces significant biomass, contributing to soil organic matter. Weed Suppression: Highly effective at suppressing weeds, maintaining clean fields. Nutrient Accumulation: Ties up nitrogen close to the soil’s surface, enhancing soil fertility and structure. Cold Tolerance: Germinates in soils as cold as 35°F, extending the planting season. Soil Adaptability: Handles low fertility and acidic soils, ensuring robust growth in challenging conditions. Characteristics Type: Cool season grass. C:N Ratio: 40-80:1, contributing to efficient nutrient cycling. Planting Instructions Seeding Rate: Seed at 80-120 lbs/acre when planted alone, and 20-90 lbs/acre when used in mixes. Seeding Depth: Plant seeds at a depth of 1/2-2 inches. Planting Range: Late summer to fall for optimal establishment. Winter rye from Elk Mound Seed is a highly effective cover crop that provides outstanding soil stabilization, weed suppression, and nutrient management. Its cold tolerance and adaptability make it a reliable choice for maintaining soil health and productivity throughout the winter months.

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Buckwheat Seed

Buckwheat Seed

Buckwheat seed is a great crop for green manure, known for its quick maturation and tremendous weed suppression capabilities. This cool-season broadleaf plant matures very quickly, making it ideal for short-term cover crop mixes. Buckwheat is also excellent at scavenging phosphorus and is preferred by beekeepers due to its long flowering window, which produces a unique color and flavor of honey. In favorable conditions, you can expect 2-3 tons of dry matter per acre.Benefits Quick Maturing: Rapid growth makes buckwheat an excellent choice for green manure and weed suppression. Weed Suppression: Aggressiveness in early growth provides excellent weed suppression. Phosphorus Scavenging: Efficient at scavenging phosphorus from the soil. Pollinator Friendly: Preferred by beekeepers for its long flowering period, producing distinctive honey. Cold Sensitivity: A light frost will terminate buckwheat quickly, preventing it from becoming a weed if allowed to go to seed. Characteristics Type: Cool season broadleaf. C:N Ratio: 30:1, contributing to efficient nutrient cycling. Planting Instructions Seeding Rate: Seed at 35-50 lbs/acre when planted alone, and 5-25 lbs/acre when used in mixes. Seeding Depth: Plant seeds at a depth of 3/4 inch. Planting Range: Late spring, summer, to early fall for optimal establishment. Buckwheat from Elk Mound Seed is a highly effective green manure crop that offers quick growth, excellent weed suppression, and is beneficial for pollinators. Its ability to scavenge phosphorus and its preference among beekeepers make it a versatile and valuable addition to any cover crop mix.

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Sorghum Sudangrass Seed

Sorghum Sudangrass Seed

Sweet Chow sorghum-sudangrass is a versatile and cost-effective option for forage production. This variety is known for its significant biomass output and ability to suppress annual weeds such as velvetleaf, crabgrass, and foxtail. Additionally, it thrives in warm-season conditions, making it an excellent choice for summer forage production. It has also demonstrated some nematode suppression capabilities.Benefits High Biomass Producer: Reaches 10-12 feet tall at full maturity, providing an excellent tonnage yield. Weed Suppression: Effectively suppresses annual weeds, contributing to healthier soil and crop conditions. Nematode Suppression: Shows some ability to suppress nematodes, benefiting subsequent crop health. Warm-Season Growth: Sweet Chow sorghum-sudangrass excels in warm temperatures, utilizing the summer heat to maximize growth and yield. High-Quality Forage: Produces an abundance of high-quality forage suitable for hay, grazing, or silage. Planting Instructions Seeding Rate: Sow seeds at 25-50 lbs/acre. Higher seeding rates will result in finer stems. Companion Crops: Buckwheat and cowpeas are excellent companion crops to enhance growth and soil health. Timing: Sow seeds directly into the soil after the last risk of frost for optimal growth and yield. Yield Tonnage: Yields range from 16-20 tons/acre, ensuring a substantial return on investment.Usage Forage Quality: For best quality, harvest at or before the boot stage. Suitable for hay, grazing, or silage, making it a versatile addition to any farm.Embrace the benefits of Sweet Chow sorghum-sudangrass for your forage needs, providing both high yields and excellent weed suppression capabilities. Its ability to thrive in warm-season conditions ensures robust growth and plentiful forage during the summer months.

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Garden Plowdown Mix Seed

Garden Plowdown Mix Seed

An all-annual mix, this garden cover crop mix of Buckwheat, Peas, Barley, and Crimson Clover produces ground cover and biomass. The quick growth of Buckwheat and the expansive root systems of Barley allow this mix to produce soil activity below ground and cover above. Designed to winterkill, these annual crops ensure easy management and soil preparation for the following growing season. A light till into your soil is recommended for establishment. Benefits Annual Crops: Composed entirely of annual crops that will winterkill, simplifying garden management and soil preparation. Quick Growth: Buckwheat and other components provide rapid growth, establishing ground cover quickly. Soil Activity: The expansive root systems of Barley and nutrient fixation of Peas and Crimson Clover enhance soil activity. Weed Suppression: Effective ground cover helps suppress weeds, maintaining a clean garden bed. Biomass Production: Produces significant biomass, improving soil organic matter. Planting Instructions Seeding Rate: Plant at 2 lbs per 1,000 square feet. Seeding Depth: Lightly till into the soil for optimal establishment. Planting Range: Suitable for planting in late spring, summer, or early fall. This garden plowdown mix from Elk Mound Seed is designed to provide quick ground cover, improve soil health, and suppress weeds. Its diverse components ensure robust growth and soil enhancement, making it an excellent choice for gardeners looking to improve their soil's fertility and structure. The mix's annual nature and winterkill characteristic ensure easy transition and soil readiness for the next planting season.

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Hairy Vetch Seed

Hairy Vetch Seed

Hairy vetch is an excellent legume for nitrogen production credits and spring plant residue, earning up to 100 lbs of nitrogen per acre. It is usually planted in late summer or early fall, often in combination with winter rye. Hairy vetch exhibits vigorous growth, tolerance of diverse soil conditions, and low fertility needs, making it an attractive cover crop for building nitrogen and biomass, as well as weed suppression and soil conditioning. Benefits Nitrogen Fixation: Earns up to 100 lbs/acre of nitrogen, improving soil fertility. Weed Suppression: Vigorous growth helps suppress weeds, maintaining clean fields. Soil Conditioning: Acts as an excellent soil conditioner, enhancing soil structure and health. Low Fertility Needs: Tolerant of diverse soil conditions and low fertility requirements, making it adaptable to various environments. Biomass Production: Produces significant biomass, contributing to soil organic matter. Characteristics Type: Cool season legume. C:N Ratio: 15:1, promoting efficient nutrient cycling. Planting Instructions Seeding Rate: Seed at 25-30 lbs/acre when planted alone, and 15-20 lbs/acre when used in mixes. Planting Range: Late summer to early fall for optimal establishment. Hairy vetch from Elk Mound Seed is an excellent legume for those looking to build nitrogen and biomass while suppressing weeds and conditioning the soil. Its adaptability, vigorous growth, and nitrogen-fixing capabilities make it a valuable addition to any cover crop program.

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Buster (Daikon) Radish Seed

Buster (Daikon) Radish Seed

Daikon radishes are highly beneficial for soil health, providing multiple advantages such as alleviating soil compaction, improving water infiltration, increasing organic matter, and offering excellent weed suppression. These radishes, including the Badger brand, feature an aggressive taproot that drills through compaction where steel cannot, creating root channels for subsequent crops to access essential nutrients and water. Studies show that Buster® Radishes consistently increase soybean and corn yields by scavenging significant amounts of nitrogen, phosphorus, and calcium. Upon decomposition, these nutrients are left in the upper 10 inches of soil, improving soil fertility for future crops.Benefits Soil Compaction: The large taproot and deep-reaching secondary roots alleviate soil compaction, improving soil structure. Nutrient Scavenging: Scavenges and stores nutrients like nitrogen, phosphorus, and calcium in the root system, releasing them upon decomposition. Water Infiltration: Enhances water infiltration and aeration, reducing runoff and increasing soil moisture retention. Weed Suppression: Thick upper foliage provides excellent weed suppression by shading out weeds during the growing season and forming a thin film over the soil after the radish freezes out. Yield Improvement: Boosts subsequent crop yields, with studies showing yield improvements of 10% or more. Characteristics Type: Cool season broadleaf. C:N Ratio: 20:1, contributing to efficient nutrient cycling. Root System: Features a large taproot and deep-reaching secondary roots with thick upper foliage. Planting Instructions Seeding Rate: Seed at 8-10 lbs/acre when planted alone, and 3-6 lbs/acre when used in mixes. Seeding Depth: Plant seeds at a depth of 1/2 inch to 1 inch. Planting Range: June to August, at least 4-10 weeks before the first killing frost in your area. Daikon radishes from Elk Mound Seed are an excellent choice for improving soil health and boosting crop yields. Their aggressive taproots and nutrient-scavenging capabilities make them a valuable addition to any cover crop program, enhancing soil fertility, structure, and water management.

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Crimson Clover Seed

Crimson Clover Seed

Crimson clover is an annual summer clover known for its rapid, robust growth and ability to fix approximately 50-60 lbs of nitrogen per acre by mid-November. It is a winter annual and will commonly overwinter except in the Upper Midwest. Being a legume, crimson clover provides good feed qualities, including high protein content and yield. It is very compatible in mixes with grasses, brassicas, and other legumes.Benefits Nitrogen Fixation: Provides approximately 50-60 lbs of nitrogen per acre by mid-November, enhancing soil fertility. High Biomass Production: Produces up to 1,500 lbs of dry matter, making it an excellent plow-down crop. Good Feed Quality: As a legume, it offers high protein content and good yield for forage. Compatibility: Very compatible in mixes, including grasses, brassicas, and other legumes. Winter Annual: Overwinters in many regions, extending its benefits into the following growing season. Characteristics Type: Annual summer clover. C:N Ratio: 20:1, contributing to efficient nutrient cycling. Planting Instructions Seeding Rate: Seed at 15-18 lbs/acre when planted alone, and 6-9 lbs/acre when used in mixes. Planting Range: Suitable for planting in spring and summer. Crimson clover from Elk Mound Seed is an excellent choice for enhancing soil fertility and providing high-quality forage. Its rapid growth, nitrogen-fixing capabilities, and compatibility with other crops make it a versatile and valuable addition to any cover crop or forage program.

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Nitrogen Plus Plow Down Seed

Nitrogen Plus Plow Down Seed

Nitrogen Plus Plowdown is a mix formulated with two primary objectives: nitrogen-fixing capabilities and biomass production. This balanced blend of 33% Crimson Clover, 33% Berseem Clover, and 33% Mammoth Red Clover ensures excellent nitrogen fixation and substantial biomass output. Expect more than 2000 lbs of dry matter per acre and up to 200 lbs of nitrogen per acre, making it a highly effective cover crop mix for improving soil fertility and structure.Benefits Nitrogen Fixation: Provides up to 200 lbs of nitrogen per acre, enhancing soil fertility. High Biomass Production: Produces more than 2000 lbs of dry matter per acre, contributing to improved soil organic matter and structure. Nutrient Scavenging: Scavenges nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium, and other essential nutrients from the soil. Soil Improvement: Enhances soil health by improving nutrient availability and organic matter content. Balanced Composition: Includes a mix of clovers that are compatible and effective for cover cropping. Characteristics Composition: 33% Crimson Clover 33% Berseem Clover 33% Mammoth Red Clover Type: Cool season annual mix. Planting Instructions Seeding Rate: Seed at 10-15 lbs/acre. Seeding Depth: Plant seeds at a depth of 1/4-1/2 inch. Planting Range: Suitable for planting in late summer to fall for optimal establishment. Nitrogen Plus Plowdown from Elk Mound Seed is a highly effective cover crop mix designed to enhance soil fertility through robust nitrogen fixation and substantial biomass production. This well-balanced mix ensures improved soil health and productivity, making it an ideal choice for farmers looking to boost their soil's nutrient content and organic matter.

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Certified Lacey Barley Seed

Certified Lacey Barley Seed

Certified Lacey Barley has become the new standard for feeding barley in the upper Midwest. Known for its high-quality forage and respectable tonnage, Lacey Barley is highly valued both for its forage quality and its malting and brewing characteristics. It is also an excellent option for replacing corn in cattle diets.Benefits High Yielding: Consistently top-yielding since its release. High-Quality Forage: Produces very high-quality forage with excellent yield to quality ratios when harvested at the boot stage. Versatile Use: Can be used as forage or as a replacement for corn in cattle diets. Malting and Brewing: Favorable for malting and brewing due to high malt extract, low soluble protein, and high alpha-amylase activity. Good Lodging Resistance: Sturdy and resistant to lodging, ensuring reliable growth and yield. Characteristics Type: Six-row barley with medium-sized kernels. Planting Range: Early spring for optimal growth. Seeding Rate: Sow seeds at a rate of 80-100 lbs/acre. Planting Instructions Timing: Plant in early spring for the best results. Seeding Rate: Use 80-100 lbs/acre to ensure optimal growth and yield. Certified Lacey Barley is a versatile and reliable option for farmers looking to produce high-quality forage or malt. Its excellent malting characteristics and high yield make it a valuable crop for both forage and brewing industries. The added benefit of good lodging resistance ensures a stable and productive crop season.

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Purple Top Turnip Seed

Purple Top Turnip Seed

Turnips are a cool-season annual brassica commonly used in cover crop cocktails. They germinate quickly and are excellent weed suppressors. Turnips are great nutrient accumulators and break down quickly in the spring, enriching the soil for subsequent crops. They are also an excellent forage for livestock producers who want to graze their cover crops. Their rapid growth makes them ideal for short growing windows, and they provide excellent grazing value late in the season.Benefits Rapid Growth: Turnips germinate quickly, making them suitable for short growing windows. Weed Suppression: Effective at suppressing weeds due to their rapid growth and ground coverage. Nutrient Accumulation: Accumulate nutrients and break down quickly in the spring, enriching the soil. Grazing Value: Provide excellent grazing value late in the season, ideal for livestock producers. Cool Season Adaptation: Perform well in cool-season conditions, extending the growing season. Characteristics Type: Cool season annual brassica. C:N Ratio: 25:1, contributing to efficient nutrient cycling. Planting Instructions Seeding Rate: Seed at 5-8 lbs/acre when planted alone, and 2-4 lbs/acre when used in mixes. Seeding Depth: Plant seeds at a depth of 1/4-1/2 inch. Planting Range: Late summer to early fall for optimal establishment. Turnips from Elk Mound Seed are an excellent choice for cover crops and grazing, offering rapid growth, effective weed suppression, and valuable nutrient accumulation. Their ability to break down quickly in the spring enriches the soil for future crops, making them a versatile and beneficial addition to any cover crop program.

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Sunn Hemp Seed

Sunn Hemp Seed

Sunn hemp is an annual, warm-season legume that is an excellent biomass producer. Known for its nitrogen-fixing capabilities and extreme drought tolerance, sunn hemp thrives in heat and can be sown on a wide range of soil types. This tropical legume can produce more than 5,000 lbs of dry matter per acre and 120 lbs of nitrogen per acre. It is not winter hardy, and a hard freeze will easily kill it, so it should be sown a minimum of nine weeks before the average date of the first fall freeze.Benefits High Biomass Production: Can produce over 5,000 lbs of dry matter per acre. Nitrogen Fixation: Capable of fixing up to 120 lbs of nitrogen per acre, enriching the soil. Drought Tolerance: Extremely drought-tolerant, making it suitable for various climates. Heat Resilience: Thrives in hot conditions, ensuring robust growth during the summer. Versatile Planting: Can fill a niche between the harvest of a summer crop and the planting of a fall cash or cover crop. Characteristics Type: Annual, warm-season legume. Planting Range: Early summer. Seeding Rate: Seed at 15-20 lbs/acre when planted alone, and 4-8 lbs/acre when used in mixes. Seeding Depth: Plant seeds at a depth of 3/4 inch to 1 inch. Soil Temperature: Should be planted when soil temperatures are greater than 65°F. Longevity: Not winter hardy and killed by a hard freeze. Planting Instructions Seeding Rate: Seed at 40-50 lbs/acre with a cowpea type inoculant. Planting Time: Sow at least nine weeks before the average date of the first fall freeze. Sunn hemp from Elk Mound Seed is an excellent choice for those looking to improve soil health through high biomass production and nitrogen fixation. Its adaptability to heat and drought conditions makes it a reliable and productive option for summer planting, enhancing soil fertility and structure for subsequent crops.

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Italian Ryegrass Seed

Italian Ryegrass Seed

Italian Ryegrass is an incredibly productive cool-season grass known for producing high-quality feed. It can yield as many as five crops in a season. Italian Ryegrass thrives in cooler, arid environments, making it ideal for regions with mild climates. However, hot growing seasons can detrimentally affect its productivity.Benefits Erosion Prevention: Its fibrous root system helps prevent soil erosion. Nutrient Accumulator: Excellent at accumulating nutrients, especially nitrogen. Weed Suppression: When mixed with a legume, it effectively suppresses weeds. High-Quality Forage: Produces high-quality forage with protein levels as high as 17%, making it suitable for silage despite not drying down well. It also boasts high crude protein and sugar levels. Planting Instructions Seeding Rate: Sow seeds at 25-40 lbs/acre when planted alone, and 10-15 lbs/acre in thin stands. Seeding Depth: Plant seeds at a depth of 1/4-1/2 inch. Fertilization: Responds favorably to nitrogen applications for improved growth and yield. Yield Productivity: Can produce up to five crops in a season, ensuring a substantial return on investment.Usage Forage Quality: Best suited for silage, though it does not dry down well. Won’t head out in the seeding year, maintaining quality throughout the growing season.Italian Ryegrass is a versatile and highly productive option for high-quality forage, especially in cooler, arid environments. Its ability to prevent soil erosion, accumulate nutrients, and suppress weeds makes it an excellent choice for sustainable farming practices.

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Frosty Berseem Clover Seed

Frosty Berseem Clover Seed

Frosty berseem clover is a much more frost-tolerant variety than regular berseem clover, allowing it to stay green later into the fall. This cool-season, annual legume quickly produces significant forage and thrives in wet conditions, though it does not tolerate drought well. Frosty berseem clover is known for its high protein levels, ranging from 20-30%, making it an excellent choice for nutritious forage. Benefits Frost Tolerance: More frost-tolerant than regular berseem clover, extending its growing season into the fall. Quick Forage Production: Rapidly produces significant amounts of forage, ensuring a steady supply for livestock. High Protein Content: Offers high protein levels of 20-30%, contributing to the nutritional needs of animals. Wet Condition Adaptability: Thrives in wet conditions, making it suitable for areas with high moisture levels. Characteristics Type: Cool season annual legume. Longevity: Annual in the Midwest. Seed Count: 200,000 seeds per pound. Planting Instructions Seeding Rate: Seed at 12-15 lbs/acre when planted alone, and 2-8 lbs/acre when used in mixes. Seeding Depth: Plant seeds at a depth of 1/4-1/2 inch. Planting Range: Spring through mid-summer for optimal establishment. Food Plot Uses Frosty berseem clover is an excellent choice for food plots, particularly for those planting for deer hunting. Its high protein content makes it highly attractive to deer, providing them with a nutritious forage option. The extended growing season, thanks to its frost tolerance, ensures that the food plot remains productive later into the fall, supporting deer well into the hunting season. Additionally, its rapid growth and ability to thrive in wet conditions make it a reliable and sustainable choice for creating successful food plots. Frosty berseem clover from Elk Mound Seed is an ideal addition to any forage program or food plot, offering high nutritional value and exceptional frost tolerance to extend the growing season.

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Berseem Clover Seed

Berseem Clover Seed

Berseem clover is recognized by many as the “King of Cover Crops” due to its unmatched biomass and nitrogen-fixing capabilities. This fast-growing summer annual can produce as much as 3 tons per acre of biomass and up to 200 pounds of nitrogen per acre. Berseem clover establishes well with an oat nurse crop and is known for its non-bloating properties, making it highly suitable for forage.Benefits High Biomass Production: Produces up to 3 tons per acre of biomass, significantly contributing to soil organic matter. Nitrogen Fixation: Can fix as much as 200 pounds of nitrogen per acre, enhancing soil fertility. Non-Bloating: A non-bloating clover, making it safe and beneficial for livestock grazing. Establishment: Establishes well with an oat nurse crop, ensuring robust growth. Cool Season Legume: Performs well in cool-season conditions, extending the growing season. Characteristics Type: Cool season legume. C:N Ratio: 18-23:1, promoting efficient nutrient cycling. Biomass to Nitrogen Yield: Unmatched among cover crops. Planting Instructions Seeding Rate: Seed at 8-12 lbs/acre when planted alone, and 4-6 lbs/acre when used in mixes. Planting Range: Late spring to early summer for optimal establishment. Berseem clover from Elk Mound Seed is a superior choice for cover crops, offering exceptional biomass production and nitrogen-fixing capabilities. Its fast growth, non-bloating nature, and compatibility with nurse crops make it a valuable addition to any cover crop program, enhancing soil health and providing high-quality forage for livestock

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Tilth Builder Plus

Tilth Builder Plus

Tilth Builder Plus is a highly effective cover crop mix designed to provide excellent weed suppression while enhancing soil fertility through nitrogen building and nutrient accumulation. This combination of 50% Annual Ryegrass, 25% Buster Radish, and 25% Crimson Clover ensures a balanced approach to soil improvement and forage production.Benefits Weed Suppression: Provides excellent weed suppression, maintaining clean fields. Nitrogen Building: The inclusion of Crimson Clover and Buster Radish enhances nitrogen fixation and nutrient accumulation. Soil Improvement: Improves soil structure and fertility through a diverse mix of components. Versatile Use: Suitable for a variety of planting conditions and soil types. Characteristics Composition: 50% Annual Ryegrass 25% Buster Radish 25% Crimson Clover Type: Cool season annual mix. Planting Instructions Seeding Rate: Seed at 12-15 lbs/acre. Seeding Depth: Plant seeds at a depth of 1/4-1/2 inch. Planting Range: Suitable for planting in late summer to fall for optimal establishment. Tilth Builder Plus from Elk Mound Seed is a versatile and effective cover crop mix that provides excellent weed suppression, nitrogen building, and soil improvement capabilities. This balanced mix ensures robust growth and enhanced soil health, making it an ideal choice for farmers looking to improve their soil's fertility and structure.

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Scavenger Plus Plowdown Mix

Scavenger Plus Plowdown Mix

Scavenger Plus Plowdown is an excellent cover crop mix designed for scavenging and building nutrients in the soil. This mix combines 75% Buster Radish and 25% Mammoth Red Clover to effectively enhance soil fertility and structure. The radishes scavenge nutrients below the soil’s surface, while the clover builds nitrogen and significant biomass.Benefits Nutrient Scavenging: Buster Radishes effectively scavenge nutrients from deep within the soil, making them available for future crops. Nitrogen Building: Mammoth Red Clover, inoculated for optimal nitrogen fixation, enhances soil fertility by adding significant amounts of nitrogen. Biomass Production: The mix produces substantial biomass, contributing to improved soil structure and organic matter content. Versatile Mix: Other legumes can be added to this mix for additional benefits. Characteristics Composition: 75% Buster Radish 25% Mammoth Red Clover (inoculated) Type: Cool season annual mix. Planting Instructions Seeding Rate: Seed at 8-10 lbs/acre. Seeding Depth: Plant seeds at a depth of 1/4-1/2 inch. Planting Range: Suitable for planting in late summer to fall for optimal establishment. Scavenger Plus Plowdown from Elk Mound Seed is a versatile and effective cover crop mix that provides excellent nutrient scavenging and nitrogen building capabilities. This balanced mix ensures robust growth and enhanced soil health, making it an ideal choice for farmers looking to improve their soil's fertility and structure.

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