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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Amaranth, Golden 2 g

Amaranth, Golden 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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Amaranth, Mayo Indian 2 g

Amaranth, Mayo Indian 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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Amaranth, Plainsman 2 g

Amaranth, Plainsman 2 g

(A. hypochondriacus x hybridus) [1991, U. of Nebraska.] Widely-adapted, early, high-yielding variety. Golden seed, maroon flowers, 5-6 ft. tall plants. Pkt
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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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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

(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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Clover, Crimson 1/4 lb

Clover, Crimson 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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Clover, Red 1/4 lb

Clover, Red 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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Clover, White Dutch 1/4 lb

Clover, White Dutch 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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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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Millet: Dragon's Claw 'Ragi' 2 g

Millet: Dragon's Claw 'Ragi' 2 g

Small crop, now sold out for 2016. (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 of a dragon’s...
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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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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: Hmong Sticky 7 g

Rice: Hmong Sticky 7 g

Small crop, now sold out for 2016 (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...
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Rye, Winter, Common 1/2 lb

Rye, Winter, 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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Rye, Winter, Common 4 lbs

Rye, Winter, 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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Rye, Winter, Wren's Abruzzi 1/2 lb

Rye, Winter, Wren's Abruzzi 1/2 lb

Hope to have available again late summer 2016 (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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Rye, Winter, Wren's Abruzzi 4 lbs

Rye, Winter, Wren's Abruzzi 4 lbs

Hope to have available again late summer 2016 (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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Sesame, Benne

Sesame, Benne

160 days. [Thanks to David Shields for seedstock.] An oldfashioned sesame, common in 19th century Southern cooking, traditionally processed into flour and oil. Richly flavored brown seeds with lower oil content than modern sesames. 7-ft. plants.
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Sesame, Monticello White 1.5 g

Sesame, Monticello White 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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Sorghum, Black Amber Cane 1/4 lb

Sorghum, Black Amber Cane 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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Sorghum, Black Amber Cane 7 g

Sorghum, Black Amber Cane 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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Sorghum, Dale 1/4 lb

Sorghum, Dale 1/4 lb

Bulk size now sold out for 2016 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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Sorghum, Dale 7 g

Sorghum, Dale 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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Sorghum, Della 1/4 lb

Sorghum, Della 1/4 lb

Bulk size now sold out for 2016 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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Sorghum, Della 7 g

Sorghum, Della 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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Sorghum, Hungarian Black Seeded Broom Corn 7 g

Sorghum, Hungarian Black Seeded Broom Corn 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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Sorghum, Iowa Sweet 1/4 lb

Sorghum, Iowa Sweet 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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Sorghum, Iowa Sweet 7 g

Sorghum, Iowa Sweet 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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Sorghum, Mennonite 1/4 lb

Sorghum, Mennonite 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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Sorghum, Mennonite 7 g

Sorghum, Mennonite 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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Sorghum, Rainbow Broomcorn 7 g

Sorghum, Rainbow Broomcorn 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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Sorghum, Red Broomseed Corn 7 g

Sorghum, Red Broomseed Corn 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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Sorghum, Sugar Drip 1/4 lb

Sorghum, Sugar Drip 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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Sorghum, Sugar Drip 7 g

Sorghum, Sugar Drip 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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Sorghum, Tarahumara Popping 1/4 lb

Sorghum, Tarahumara Popping 1/4 lb

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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Sorghum, Tarahumara Popping 7 g

Sorghum, Tarahumara Popping 7 g

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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Wheat, Hard Winter, Turkey Red 1/2 lb

Wheat, Hard Winter, Turkey Red 1/2 lb

(Triticum aestivum) [Brought to Kansas in the 1870s by German Mennonites fleeing Russian persecution.] Great flavor. For over 50 years the main wheat grown in Kansas and much of the Mountain states. Phased out in the 1940s by newer varieties, whose higher yields on shorter stalks were...
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Iron and Clay Southern Pea (Cowpea) 1/4 lb

Iron and Clay Southern Pea (Cowpea) 1/4 lb

110 days [Brought to the U.S. by slaves before the American Revolution. Clay peas were carried as rations by Confederate soldiers, while both Iron and Clay peas sustained newly freed African-Americans after the Civil War according to George Washington Carver’s 1908 Cookbook of Field Pea Recipes.]...
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