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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Black Amber Cane SORGHUM 114 g

Black Amber Cane SORGHUM 114 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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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 COVER CROP 1816 g

Buckwheat COVER CROP 1816 g

(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 itself. May also be used as a nutritious cereal grain or pancake flour. Young leaves may be added to salads. The deep root system of buckwheat is...
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Buckwheat COVER CROP 454 g

Buckwheat COVER CROP 454 g

(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 itself. May also be used as a nutritious cereal grain or pancake flour. Young leaves may be added to salads. The deep root system of buckwheat is...
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Crimson Clover COVER CROP 114 g

Crimson Clover COVER CROP 114 g

(Annual) (Trifolium incarnatum) 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 7 g

Dale SORGHUM 7 g

120 days. [1970 USDA/ADS & MAESS] Sturdy 12-ft. stalks with with excellent disease resistance, well adapted for growing 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...
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Della SORGHUM 114 g

Della SORGHUM 114 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.).
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Della SORGHUM 7 g

Della SORGHUM 7 g

Seed failed germination test, now sold out for 2014 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
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Golden Amaranth GRAIN 2 g

Golden Amaranth GRAIN 2 g

(A. hypochondriacus) 80 days A high quality Aztec grain amaranth. Reselected by SESE in 1993 for uniform color and height. Stalks and leaves are golden yellow with bronze gold seed heads. Stalks average 6' tall. Can be used as a dry land/irrigated amaranth. In the far north areas long days...
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Hairy Vetch COVER CROP 228 g

Hairy Vetch COVER CROP 228 g

(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 flowered before...
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Hulless Oats (Streaker) GRAIN 228 g

Hulless Oats (Streaker) GRAIN 228 g

(Avena nuda) Growing your own oats is easy with hulless oats. Sow in early spring as soon as the ground can be worked. Harvest in mid- to late summer, thresh, and winnow. Lacks the indigestible husk of common oats. Grind into oat flour or crack in a grain mill to make oatmeal. Oatstraw, the...
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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
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Iowa Sweet SORGHUM 114 g

Iowa Sweet SORGHUM 114 g

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

Mayo Indian Amaranth GRAIN 2 g

(A. cruentus) 90 days. Beautiful maroon-flowered, black-seeded variety. [From Sonora, Mexico] This black-seeded amaranth is a very vigorous variety with sturdy stalks. Primarily used for grain or to make pinole and atole. The leaves may also be used like spinach. The stalks, leaf veins, and...
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Mennonite SORGHUM 114 g

Mennonite SORGHUM 114 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.
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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.
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Millet: Dragon's Claw 'Ragi' GRAIN 2 g

Millet: Dragon's Claw 'Ragi' GRAIN 2 g

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 dragonÂ’s foot. A staple food in India and Africa, with good flavor, though seeds are difficult to separate from...
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Rainbow Broomcorn SORGHUM 7 g

Rainbow Broomcorn SORGHUM 7 g

110 days. Gorgeous ornamental. 7-8' tall mix of colorful sprays of red-bronze, brown, black, and burgundy, plus natural straw color.
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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
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Red Clover COVER CROP 114 g

Red Clover COVER CROP 114 g

(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. If sown in summer use buckwheat as a nurse crop to aid germination of clover in...
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Rice: Carolina Gold GRAIN 7 g

Rice: Carolina Gold GRAIN 7 g

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 flavors. Carolina Gold brown...
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Rice: Hmong Sticky GRAIN 7 g

Rice: Hmong Sticky GRAIN 7 g

Traditional Asian variety yields good harvests from 4-5Â’ tall plants. Pkt (7g, 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/irrigation per week. Direct seed or...
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Rice: M-101 GRAIN 7 g

Rice: M-101 GRAIN 7 g

Small crop, now sold out for 2014 120 days. [Cooperatively introduced in 1979 primarily by the California Cooperative Rice Research Foundation and the USDA.] Technically a paddy rice, 'M-101', can be grown as an upland rice: it requires less water than corn,...
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Rox Orange (Waconia) SORGHUM 114 g

Rox Orange (Waconia) SORGHUM 114 g

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

Rox Orange (Waconia) SORGHUM 7 g

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

Sesame 1.5 g

(Sesamum indicum) 150 days. [Thomas Jefferson was an enthusiastic sesame grower. Thanks to Monticello for our seedstock.] 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 GRAIN 228 g

Spelt GRAIN 228 g

(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' hulls are...
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Sugar Drip SORGHUM 114 g

Sugar Drip SORGHUM 114 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.
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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
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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. 10–12 ft. tall plants. Pkt 7g, ~350 seeds

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White Dutch Clover COVER CROP 114 g

White Dutch Clover COVER CROP 114 g

(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. ft. Pkt. ...
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Winter Rye, Common GRAIN 1816 g

Winter Rye, Common GRAIN 1816 g

(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 new...
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Winter Rye, Common GRAIN 228 g

Winter Rye, Common GRAIN 228 g

(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 new...
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Wren's Abruzzi Winter Rye GRAIN 1816 g

Wren's Abruzzi Winter Rye GRAIN 1816 g

Hope to have available again late summer 2014 (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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Wren's Abruzzi Winter Rye GRAIN 228 g

Wren's Abruzzi Winter Rye GRAIN 228 g

Hope to have available again late summer 2014 (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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