Grains & Cover Crops

See cultural information for various Grains & Cover Crops.

Corn is listed separately from other grains and cover crops. Seed for grain corn can be found here as dent, flint, and flour corn, as gourdseed corn, and as popcorn.



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Austrian Winter Peas 1/2 lb

Austrian Winter Peas 1/2 lb

(Pisum sativum subsp. arvense) (annual) Sow Aug. 15-Nov. 1 as a winter cover crop in zones 6 and up. Hardy to 0°F. A great edible cover crop - snip off the tendrils and growing tips for salads! Flowers earlier (April) than hairy vetch. For maximum nitrogen fixing, wait...
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Black Amber Cane Sorghum 1/4 lb

Black Amber Cane Sorghum 1/4 lb

99 days. [Heirloom sent to us from R.C. Mauldin of the Southwestern Seed Service Lab in Waco, TX. Reintroduced by SESE 1997.] One of the earliest sweet canes introduced to American agriculture. Milky sweet, used primarily as a syrup sorghum. As a silage crop it has the hay and wild game quality of...
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Black Amber Cane Sorghum 7 g

Black Amber Cane Sorghum 7 g

99 days. [Heirloom sent to us from R.C. Mauldin of the Southwestern Seed Service Lab in Waco, TX. Reintroduced by SESE 1997.] One of the earliest sweet canes introduced to American agriculture. Milky sweet, used primarily as a syrup sorghum. As a silage crop it has the hay and wild game quality of...
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Buckwheat 1 lb

Buckwheat 1 lb

(Fagopyron esculentum) 30-45 days as a green manure crop, 80 days for grain. Wait until grain heads form if you want the crop to re-seed. May be used as a nutritious cereal grain or pancake flour. Young leaves may be added to salads. The deep root system of buckwheat is good at...
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Buckwheat 4 lbs

Buckwheat 4 lbs

Waiting for more seed, should have bulk size available again by 4/7/15* (Fagopyron esculentum) 30-45 days as a green manure crop, 80 days for grain. Wait until grain heads form if you want the crop to re-seed. May be used as a nutritious...
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Crimson Clover 1/4 lb

Crimson Clover 1/4 lb

(Trifolium incarnatum) (Annual) Upright winter annual resembles red clover in size and growth, but with longer, bright crimson blooms. Widely used in Mid-Atlantic areas where winter lows stay above 10°F. Sow from mid-July through mid-September. ¼ lb. sows 450 sq. ft
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Dale Sorghum 1/4 lb

Dale Sorghum 1/4 lb

bulk size unavailable for 2015 120 days. [1970 USDA/ADS & MAESS] Sturdy 12 ft. stalks with excellent disease resistance, well adapted throughout the Southeast. Syrup has mild flavor with good color; small, reddish-brown seed also good for grits and pancake...
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Dale Sorghum 7 g

Dale Sorghum 7 g

120 days. [1970 USDA/ADS & MAESS] Sturdy 12 ft. stalks with excellent disease resistance, well adapted throughout the Southeast. Syrup has mild flavor with good color; small, reddish-brown seed also good for grits and pancake flour. Missouri’s Sandhill Farm uses this variety for their fine...
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Della Sorghum 1/4 lb

Della Sorghum 1/4 lb

115 days. [1991, Virginia Polytechnic U.] Similar to Dale, good disease resistance, makes mild light syrup. A week earlier than Dale, with more variable stalk height (10-11 ft.). (¼ lb = 4 oz = 114 g)
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Della Sorghum 7 g

Della Sorghum 7 g

115 days. [1991, Virginia Polytechnic U.] Similar to Dale, good disease resistance, makes mild light syrup. A week earlier than Dale, with more variable stalk height (10-11 ft.). Pkt (7 g, about 350 seeds).
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Golden Amaranth 2 g

Golden Amaranth 2 g

(Amaranthus hypochondriacus)80 days. A high-quality Aztec grain amaranth. Stalks and leaves are golden yellow with bronze-gold seed heads. Stalks average 6 ft. Can be used as a dry land/irrigated amaranth. In the far north long days may delay flowering. Pkt.
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Hairy Vetch 1/2 lb

Hairy Vetch 1/2 lb

(Vicia villosa) (annual) Sow Aug. 1-Nov. 1 as a winter cover crop. Grows slowly in fall, then rapidly in spring, putting out beautiful purple flowers that bees love. Highly efficient nitrogen fixer; for maximum nitrogen fixing, wait until at least 50% of the plants have...
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Hulless Oats 1/2 lb

Hulless Oats 1/2 lb

(Avena nuda) Growing your own oats is easy with Pennuda. Sow in early spring as soon as the ground can be worked. Harvest in mid- to late summer, thresh, and winnow. Pennuda lacks the indigestible husk of common oats. Grind into oat flour or crack in a grain mill to make oatmeal....
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Hulless Oats 4 lbs

Hulless Oats 4 lbs

(Avena nuda) Growing your own oats is easy with Pennuda. Sow in early spring as soon as the ground can be worked. Harvest in mid- to late summer, thresh, and winnow. Pennuda lacks the indigestible husk of common oats. Grind into oat flour or crack in a grain mill to make oatmeal....
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Hungarian Black Seeded Broom Corn Sorghum 7 g

Hungarian Black Seeded Broom Corn Sorghum 7 g

105 days. Heirloom broom corn traditionally used for making brooms. Grows 8-10 ft. tall, producing long seedheads heavily laden with shiny black seeds. An important historical variety. Pkt (7 g, about 350 seeds).
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Iowa Sweet Sorghum 1/4 lb

Iowa Sweet Sorghum 1/4 lb

110 days. [Sand Hill Preservation Center] A very sweet sugar cane type, about 9 ft. tall with juicy stalks. (¼ lb = 4 oz = 114 g)
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Iowa Sweet Sorghum 7 g

Iowa Sweet Sorghum 7 g

110 days. [Sand Hill Preservation Center] A very sweet sugar cane type, about 9 ft. tall with juicy stalks. Pkt (7 g, about 350 seeds).
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Mayo Indian Amaranth 2 g

Mayo Indian Amaranth 2 g

(Amaranthus cruentus)90 days. [From Sonora, Mexico] Very vigorous variety with sturdy stalks. Can reach 7-8 ft. tall in good conditions. Primarily used for grain or to make pinole and atole. The leaves may also be used like spinach. Black seeds. The stalks, leaf veins, and large...
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Mennonite Sorghum 1/4 lb

Mennonite Sorghum 1/4 lb

105 days. [Mennonite heirloom from Jamesport, MO area.] This old fashioned cane sorghum is used to make light-colored syrup for pancakes or waffles. 7-9 ft. tall stalks. The red-hulled seed may be ground to make flour, especially for pancakes. (¼ lb = 4 oz = 114 g)
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Mennonite Sorghum 7 g

Mennonite Sorghum 7 g

105 days. [Mennonite heirloom from Jamesport, MO area.] This old fashioned cane sorghum is used to make light-colored syrup for pancakes or waffles. 7-9 ft. tall stalks. The red-hulled seed may be ground to make flour, especially for pancakes. Pkt (7 g, about 350 seeds).
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Millet: Dragon's Claw 'Ragi' 2 g

Millet: Dragon's Claw 'Ragi' 2 g

Seed in germination test, hope to have by 3/31/15* (Eleusine coracana) 95 days. A highly productive, drought-tolerant variety that is very ornamental, especially as a border. Annual plants, 3 ft. high, produce seed heads that resembles the claws...
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Ornamental Wheat: Black Eagle 7 g

Ornamental Wheat: Black Eagle 7 g

(Triticum sp.) [24-36 in.] Mostly black, ornamental hard red spring wheat with black awns and black/white glumes. Pkt (7 g, 175 seeds)

Culture: requires full sun for good color development. Plant in the spring as soon as soil can be worked. Matures in mid-to-late summer. Space 12...
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Ornamental Wheat: Silver Tip 5 g

Ornamental Wheat: Silver Tip 5 g

(Triticale) (Triticum sp.) [36-48 in.] An ornamental wheat-rye cross with long seed heads. White glumes and awns contrast pleasingly with black-headed wheats in arrangements. Pkt (5 g, 123 seeds)

Culture: require full sun for good color development. Plant in the spring as soon as...
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Rainbow Broomcorn Sorghum 7 g

Rainbow Broomcorn Sorghum 7 g

110 days. Gorgeous ornamental. 7-8 ft. tall mix of colorful sprays of red-bronze, brown, black, and burgundy, plus natural straw color. Pkt (7 g, about 350 seeds).
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Red Broomseed Corn Sorghum 7 g

Red Broomseed Corn Sorghum 7 g

100 days. Traditionally used for making hearth brooms, also great for dried arrangements. Large, splayed seedheads form at the top of 7-9 ft. tall stalks. Important historical variety. Pkt (7 g, about 350 seeds).
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Red Clover 1/4 lb

Red Clover 1/4 lb

(Trifolium pratense) (biennial) Rapid-growing green manure crop to 10-18 in. The flowers can be harvested for tea. Sow in the spring or fall for turndown to incorporate organic nitrogen into the soil. Sow in the aisles between taller crops to deter weeds. Buckwheat may be used...
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Rice: Carolina Gold 7 g

Rice: Carolina Gold 7 g

(Oryza sativa) 150 days. [1685 or earlier. The main rice grown in Carolina wetlands for hundreds of years. Seedstock from Anson Mills.] Golden long grain rice. Slow Food USA, in the Ark of Taste listing, praises its “stunning subtle green tea, nutty almond and floral aromas and...
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Rice: Charleston Gold 7 g

Rice: Charleston Gold 7 g

(Oryza sativa) [Seedstock thanks to the Carolina Rice Foundation.] A modern refinement of the classic Carolina Gold, keeping its great flavor, color, and texture, but with the bonuses of longer and more fragrant grains, as well as shorter stalks to make the plants more storm-hardy....
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Rice: Hmong Sticky 7 g

Rice: Hmong Sticky 7 g

(Oryza sativa) Traditional Asian variety yields good harvests from 4-5 ft. tall plants. Pkt (7 g, 236 seeds)

Culture: Rice needs nitrogen-rich soil. Rice does not need to be flooded - flooding is traditionally used for weed control - but plants will need an inch of rain or...
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Rox Orange (Waconia) Sorghum 1/4 lb

Rox Orange (Waconia) Sorghum 1/4 lb

Now sold out for 2015. Mennonite Sorghum is a similar variety.

110 days. Sturdy 7 ft. stalks, early and reliable, very resistant to lodging. Orange seedheads, makes light...
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Rox Orange (Waconia) Sorghum 7 g

Rox Orange (Waconia) Sorghum 7 g

Now sold out for 2015. Mennonite Sorghum is a similar variety.

110 days. Sturdy 7 ft. stalks, early and reliable, very resistant to lodging. Orange seedheads, makes light...
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Sesame 1.5 g

Sesame 1.5 g

(Sesamum indicum) [Thomas Jefferson was an enthusiastic sesame grower. Thanks to Monticello for our seedstock.] 150 days. Vigorous, heat-loving plants. Direct seed or transplant after last danger of frost. Space plants at 8-24 in. 6-ft. tall plants may benefit from staking. Harvest...
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Spelt 1/2 lb

Spelt 1/2 lb

(Triticum spelta) As a cover crop, spelt is used similarly to rye and wheat, planted in the Fall and worked into the soil in spring. An ancient relative of wheat, spelt has less gluten than wheat, and in a form more easily tolerated by some. As a more ancient grain, the seeds’...
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Sugar Drip Sorghum 1/4 lb

Sugar Drip Sorghum 1/4 lb

102 days. One of the earliest-maturing varieties for the South, and one of the most widely grown varieties in the southern mountains. Grows 6-8 ft. tall; susceptible to lodging if not harvested early. Used for early production of very good quality syrup. (¼ lb = 4 oz = 114 g)
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Sugar Drip Sorghum 7 g

Sugar Drip Sorghum 7 g

102 days. One of the earliest-maturing varieties for the South, and one of the most widely grown varieties in the southern mountains. Grows 6-8 ft. tall; susceptible to lodging if not harvested early. Used for early production of very good quality syrup. Pkt (7 g, about 350 seeds).
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Tarahumara Popping Sorghum 7g

Tarahumara Popping Sorghum 7g

115 days. [From the Tarahumara people of NW Mexico] The dried seeds can be popped like popcorn! Small, white seeds with nutty flavor. As with popcorn, the seeds need to dry a good while after harvest before they’ll pop well. Unlike popcorn, unpopped kernels in the pan are tender enough to eat....
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White Dutch Clover 1/4 lb

White Dutch Clover 1/4 lb

(Trifolium repens) (perennial) A low-growing (4-8 in.) clover sometimes used in grass seed mixtures. Can be sown between garden rows or used as a living mulch to add nitrogen and to smother out weeds. Sow in late winter, spring, late summer, or fall. ¼ lb sows 1000 sq....
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Winter Rye, Common 1/2 lb

Winter Rye, Common 1/2 lb

(Secale cereale) Rye cover crop is great for controlling erosion, adding organic matter, enhancing soil life, and suppressing weeds. Its extensive root system makes it among the best green manures for improving soil structure. It is an excellent soil renovator and pioneer crop for...
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Winter Rye, Common 4 lbs

Winter Rye, Common 4 lbs

(Secale cereale) Rye cover crop is great for controlling erosion, adding organic matter, enhancing soil life, and suppressing weeds. Its extensive root system makes it among the best green manures for improving soil structure. It is an excellent soil renovator and pioneer crop for...
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Wren's Abruzzi Winter Rye 1/2 lb

Wren's Abruzzi Winter Rye 1/2 lb

Hope to have available again late summer 2015 (Secale cereale) [Developed 1953 in GA as an early winter rye with superior performance in the SE piedmont and coastal plains. A selection of the much older Abruzzi rye.] Rye cover crop is great for...
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