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Cover Crop Seed

Pulse USA is a major supplier of cover crop blends and or individual cover crop ingredients. We have been in the cover crop seed business for a multitude of years and the staff at Pulse USA has the expertise to help you create a specific blend for your needs or you can order our original blends that are “tried and true”. Pulse USA also offers cover crop seeds that are free of seed treatments and non-gmo seeds to fit into the organic markets. At Pulse USA we will take the extra steps to ensure the product you have ordered is of superior quality and we can also arrange shipping throughout the continental United States to simplify the process of securing your cover crop seed orders. Custom Mixes are available-

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AC® Hazlet Winter Rye

Rye is one of the hardiest forages available. And, it’s one of the fastest growing cereal crops in the spring. If a producer is looking to cut it for hay, he or she will not be disappointed with the tonnage. Rye has a very strong root structure making it an excellent option to help hold your soil structure together over the winter months as well as to prevent soil erosion from the wind. One of the greatest attributes of rye is its characteristic of being naturally allelopathic. This means that the plant itself produces a secretion that inhibits the growth or reproduction of competing plant species. The winter rye offers an excellent winter hardiness, making it a good cover crop option in preparation for soybeans.

Alfalfa - AFC 457 (Salt Tolerant) (treated)

Alfalfa - Rugged (treated)

Rugged Alfalfa is a newer variety of alfalfa. With new lines of genetics, a higher yield is produced compared to vernal alfalfa. The quality in the lines of genetics make the variety capable of high production. Rugged is resistant to many different pests. The high yields make Rugged pay for itself when it comes to cost per acre versus revenue. Not only is it drought resistant, but newer genetics offer great for saline soils. The deep roots allow for soil compaction to reduce, and nutrients to be rebuilt within, the soil. 

Alfalfa - Vernal (inoculated)

Vernal Alfalfa is one of the oldest varieties of alfalfa around today. It offers a good stand with moderate regrowth after the first cuttings. Vernal alfalfa is an economical option, but typically has a lower production. 

Barley, Hays

Buckwheat

Buckwheat is a fast growing vegetative plant. It has a very dense root system that allows for good water infiltration of the soil. Buckwheat increases the phosphorus availability in soils and increases levels of nutrients. It is heat tolerant. This is an excellent weed fighter and also attracts many different wildlife species when planted. 

CDC Snowdrop Faba Beans (PVP)

Unauthorized Propagation Prohibited – PVPA 1994 – U.S. Protected Variety

CDC Snowdrop is the first variety of Faba Beans that Pulse USA has to offer. This variety has an excellent standability, great height, and good resistance to disease. It is also a zero tannin variety. CDC Snowdrop has resistance to Aphanomyces Root Rot. This crop excels in the cover crop mixes. It also has an excellent nitrogen fixing capability. 

Chicory - Trigger

Chicory has an excellent root system with a very deep taproot. This gives it a good resistance to drought. Chicory offers good grazing for livestock, with a high protein content. To get the best benefits from chicory, ryegrass is a good option to mix with it. 

Clover, Balansa -Fixation

Balansa Clover is an annual cool season legume that germinates quickly and forms a rosette plant structure from its simple taproot. The plant characteristics make it suitable for intense grazing practices. And its extremely small seed size require less pounds per acre which lowers seed costs for growers. 

Clover, Berseem

Berseem Clover is an annual clover that does best on soils with good drainage. It is a good crop for N fixation to build soil health. Berseem clover has a shorter tap root than other clovers. It is very heat and drought resistant. Berseem clover is a good grazing option, as well as, a good forage option. 

Clover, Crimson

Crimson Clover is an annual clover that does exceptionally well on many soil types with good drainage. It establishes quickly and is an excellent nitrogen builder, making it a key component in our cover crops. It is a good addition for grazing and forage crops for livestock, and can also be hayed. Crimson Clover doesn’t tolerate extreme heat and drought well, but performs excellent in cool conditions. 

Clover, Red Medium

Red Clover is a perennial clover that doesn’t show much productivity within the first year of seeding compared to other varieties. Red clover is good for multiple cuttings and grazing. It performs best on heavy, well-drained fertile soils. But, it will tolerate acid soils better than alfalfa. Red Clover is drought tolerant and has a seed size slightly smaller than crimson.

Clover, Subterranean

Subterranean Clover is a cool legume with a low c:N ratio that produces a heavy canopy, fixates Nitrogen and supresses competitive weeds well. 
It is a great legume in grazing mixtures for livestock integration and it handles drought better than other colvers. It also attracts beneficial insects and improves soil health. 

Clover, Sweet Yellow Blossom

Yellow Blossom Sweet Clover is a biennial clover with minimal shoot growth its first year. It has great efficiency as a soil builder and is a good Nitrogen builder. Yellow Blossom Sweet Clover improves soil drainage with its vigorous tap root. It has a good tolerance to drought and flooding and is a good supplement for winter forage mixes. 

Clover, White Dutch

White Dutch clover is a perennial clover that does best in cooler climates. Although it does have good drought tolerance. White Dutch clover has high nutrient content. It helps with erosion control as well. White Dutch clover has a lower water usage compared to other varieties, and is a good grazing option. White Dutch has the smallest seed size out of the clovers we carry, so it is commonly used in aerial clover crop mixes to keep cost per acre low. 

Corn, MasterGraze

MasterGraze Corn is a top-quality forage corn that is an excellent choice for haylage, balage, silage or grazing. This variety produces a very high tonnage in a short amount of time. It also offers a chance at double chopping if planted early enough. MasterGraze corn has a high sugar content which makes it very palatable to livestock. It is also easily digested. MasterGraze is high in protein and is an excellent feed source. 

Corn, WRVS 3685FL

"Low Inventory"

Top quality forage corn, and it's an excellent choice for haylage, baylage, silage, or grazing. It's an early maturing, approximately 60 days, heavy-tillering variety - making it an excellent option for consistent tonnage in a short time frame. On average; it prodcues four to seven tons of dry matter per acre, with an average protein of 10-15%, and an extrememly high sugar content. This high sugar content makes it extremely palatable for your livestock. 

Cowpea

"Low Inventory"

Cowpeas are a warm season annual legume with the ability to fix atmospheric nitrogen through its root nodules, and require a special inoculant. They fare better on marginal, drier soils and attract beneficial insects. Cowpeas have good shade tolerance; making it ideal as a companion in cover crop mixes, and a good inclusion in annual warm season forage blends.

Flax -Omega

Flax is a cool season broadleaf that fits well into many cover crop mixes. Due to its small seed size, it is a great choice when looking into aerial or broadcast seeding. The flowering stage of flax isn’t too lengthy, although, when they are flowering, pollinators are attracted. 

Kale

Kale has become a very popular brassica in the different cover crop and forage mixes. It offers an excellent forage with nutrition for livestock. It is easily digested and highly palatable to livestock. Kale helps to suppress weeds, making it a great attribute to the mixes. It is drought and frost tolerant and grows well into the winter months. We see kale growing the longest and staying green the longest out of all the brassicas we carry.

Lentil, Black Indianhead

Indianhead Lentils are a small-seeded lentil with good cold and drought tolerance. Lentils have high protein content and low digestive inhibitors. They provide an excellent green manure crop, and some nitrogen fixation.

Millet, German

German Millet is a warm season annual. This variety is considered an “in and out” hay crop because of the later maturity with a fast growth habit. German Millet has excellent tonnage which can be baled, grazed or chopped. It is high in protein and a great feed source for all livestock. German Millet works great in various cover crop blends because of the different uses it contains. It helps build organic matter, improve soil health, and wildlife also love it. It is a low water user which makes it work so well in drier environments, including drought situations. 

Millet, Hybrid Pearl (treated) (PVP)

"Low Inventory"

Pearl millet is a hybrid millet that works well for rotational grazing or multiple hay cuttings. It does well in drought situations, but it produces the best tonnage when adequate moisture is available. In order to get your best regrowth for a second cutting, it should be first hayed right above the 2nd node. Not only is it excellent for haying, it is a good erosion management tool and a great soil builder. 

Millet, Japanese

Japanese Millet is a warm season annual. It is coarser than most millets, with thicker stems. Like other millets, it is heat and drought tolerant. This variety does better when planted in the mid to late summer months. Japanese Millet is an excellent soil builder and erosion management tool. This variety is also a great grazing and forage option. 

Millet, Red Proso

Red Proso Millet is a warm season annual. This variety is drought tolerant and requires less water than most millet varieties. Red Proso Millet has a high feed quality. As a result, this is a good forage and hay variety. Red Proso Millet also offers high tonnage. The seed of Red Proso makes it attractive to wildlife at heading.

Millet, White Proso

White Proso Millet is a warm season annual that is very agronomically similar to Red Proso Millet. It is also drought resistant. Proso Millet is an excellent feed source with good feed quality. It offers a high tonnage and excellent forage. This variety is also an excellent erosion management tool. When planted later in the year, it offers grazing throughout the winter, and ground cover to keep the soil intact. 

Mustard

Mustard is a new species that Pulse USA is adding to the cover crop mixes. When flowering, Mustard has a yellow flower that attracts many different pollinators, especially bees. In a cover crop mix, Mustard acts as a good weed fighter in the way that it covers the ground so well. With it being drought and heat tolerant, it works great in many different areas. 

Oat, Everleaf® Forage (PVP)

Unauthorized Propagation Prohibited – PVPA 1994 – U.S. Protected Variety

Everleaf® Oat is a true spring forage oat that has huge yield potential, whether it be Everleaf® 114 or Everleaf 126. They both have dark green foliage and excellent standability. Everleaf® oats are a delayed heading oat, so much of their forage mass and quality come from its extended maturity. The Everleaf® 126 is slightly later maturing than the 114, by about seven to ten days. Since these varieties are naturally vegetative for a longer period; biomass accumulation can be extraordinary, assuming adequate moisture and fertility. Everleaf® has excellent resistance to rust and most other leaf and stem diseases. These varieties are an extremely high yielding and high quality oat, which boasts high tonnage when it’s cut for hay. The maturity of Everleaf® pairs perfectly with Flex forage peas in a mixture.

Oat, Proleaf™ 234 (PVP)

Proleaf™ 234 (PVP) has a more open seed head and white seed. Better lodging resistance and enhanced yield potential. The yield adanvantage comes mostly from the dencer foliage. The striking apprearance of Proleaf™ 234 with its darker green color is a further bonus with the variety. 

Pea, 4010 Forage

4010 is a spring forage pea that has been around for many years, and farmers and ranchers have come to know it by name. Out of the varieties we carry here at Pulse USA, it is our earliest maturing forage pea. 4010 is a full leaf type variety, so it puts out a good amount of forage. When paired with forage oats we recommend putting your hay up when the peas are in the flat pod stage, because of it being an earlier maturity, to ensure you get the best quality hay. If you wait past the flat pod stage, you will end up with full pods which may lead to heating and rotting in the bales. In some cases, the oats may not be ready to cut but it must be done any way to avoid the spoiling of your bales. The maturity of these peas, matches up really well with Rockford Oats or Everleaf 114 oats.  4010 forage peas also pair very well with spring forage barley and triticale. 

Pea, Fergie Forage

Unauthorized Propagation Prohibited – PVPA 1994 – U.S. Protected Variety

Fergie is our newest forage pea. It has an incredibly unique seed which sets it apart from any other forage pea. It has an extremely small yellow seed with a black helium. The small seed size makes this ideal for cover crop mixes, because it can blend easily and keeps seed cost per acre low. Fergie produces high tonnage and is an excellent forage for all livestock. The improved stem strength makes it less prone to lodging, and offers good standability.

Pea, Flex Forage (PVP)

Unauthorized Propagation Prohibited – PVPA 1994 – U.S. Protected Variety

Flex peas are one of the few true spring forage pea varieties on the market today. Flex peas are a white flowering forage pea, and they also have a green seed coat. Farmers and ranchers often worry about cross contamination from forage peas with their field peas, but that does not need to be a concern with this variety because of its green seed coat, unlike the speckled varieties (4010 and Austrian Winter). Flex is the latest maturing forage pea we carry. When paired with the right forage oat you can maximize your tonnage and feed quality. This variety pairs the best with Everleaf 126, and it fits well into season long cover crop mixes. One of the greatest attributes of Flex peas is its upright growth habit, so it lodges much less than other forage pea varieties.

Pea, Icicle Forage (PVP)

Unauthorized Propagation Prohibited – PVPA 1994 – U.S. Protected Variety

 Icicle is a new winter pea variety that Pulse has to offer. It has strong winter hardiness, excellent root system and high biomass production after dormancy is broken in the spring. Icicle has a very small seed size with great seedling viability, which makes your seed cost per acre much lower than other varieties. Icicle is free of anthacyanin, allowing it to produce a white flower. As a result, the forage from Icicle is more digestible and sweeter tasting to livestock and wildlife compared to Austrian Winter peas. We also use Icicle as a spring forage pea in cover crop and forage blends.

Phacelia

Phacelia has an excellent root system. It recaptures the nitrates that are at risk of leaching loss. Phacelia builds the soil quality as well as nutrients. Drought and cold tolerance is another great attribute for this crop. The purple flowers attract many different pollinators and it holds its flowers for a long time during the growing season. Planting this in late summer and early fall can rebuild the soil to help the spring crops. 

Radish, Jackhammer™

Radish is a great component to a wide range of cover crops blended here at Pulse USA. The deep tap root and root system allow decreased soil compaction, better water infiltration, and nutrient scavenging. The root system stores substantial amounts of soil nutrients and water and decomposes at freezing or in the spring to release the nutrients back into the soil. If saline soils are a problem in the area, radishes should not be added to improve these areas; a sugarbeet would be best.

Radish, Smart Radish

Rapeseed, Dwarf Essex

Rapeseed is a brassica with an excellent fibrous root system. The root system reduces soil compaction and scavenges for nutrients deep in your soil profile very well. The forage produced is a great grazing option for livestock. It is highly palatable with high energy and protein.

Ryegrass, Annual

Ryegrass has many qualities that make it desirable to many growers that need to quickly fix a problem.  It excels most in areas looking for erosion control. This is because it has a very fibrous root system that grows quickly and establishes fast. The root system allows for compaction reduction and is a good soil builder. It also makes a good forage for livestock grazing.

Ryegrass, Italian

A more productive ryegrass, but more likely to overwinter and harder to control than annual ryegrass. Italian Ryegrass establishes quickly; leading to fast regrowth and prolonged growth into the fall season. The nutrient content in this variety offers better grazing and feed supply for cattle, compared to annual ryegrass.

Safflower -MonDak (PVP*TitleV)

Safflower is a warm season broadleaf that has a deep root system that allows it to have a good drought tolerance. If saline soils are a problem, Safflower works well in the areas. It is also a good protein source for livestock when made into feed. 

Sorghum GW-9417

GW-9417 is a medium-late season maturity. It is a hybrid grain sorghum that has dark red grain, high quality yield, quick emergence in cooler soils, and vigorous healthy plants. 

Medium - Late maturity

Sorghum, GW 400 BMR Forage (untreated)

"Low Inventory"

GW-400 BMR is a forage sorghum that also carries the BMR 6 gene, and it is sure to produce a very high quality forage. 400 BMR requires very little water, which makes it a good alternative to corn, but with lower inputs. It matures at about 80-85 days, and it should be harvested at the early heading stage. Because of its maturity length, producers will have the ability to double crop. If you plant a winter forage such as: rye, triticale, or willow creek winter wheat – and you get that off your field in time, you will be able to go back in and get this warm season grass planted right on time. This variety is best when it is used for silage, but it can also produce a good hay crop. 400 BMR also has a reduction in lignin to help improve digestibility.

Sorghum, Sweet Six BMR (treated)

"Low Inventory"

Sweet Six BMR is a quick growing, dry stalk and high yielding hybrid. This hybrid is best utilized for 1-3 cuttings or rotatational grazing. Higher leaf to stem ratio ensures a quality of grazing or feed that cattle prefer. Digestibility is increased by 20% due to the reductionin lignin and this reduction of lignin improves the digestibility of fiber. 

Sorghum/Sudan Nutra-King BMR 6 (treated)

"Low Inventory"

In years past, we have carried 300 BMR sorghum/sudangrass, but in 2016 Nutra-King replaced that variety – and we’re very excited about it. It has the brown midrib trait, requires low water, grows quickly, and has high yield potential. Nutra-King is an all-around category winner for haying, grazing, and silage with extremely high palatability and digestibility. Energy will increase on this variety in the early boot stage as sugar forms in the stalks and leaves. In order to maximize your forage quality, this variety should be taken at around 40-55 days. You will want to make sure you have about one pound of nitrogen available per growing day. This rule of thumb actually applies for all varieties of sorghum, sudangrass, and sorghum/sudangrass crosses.

Sorghum/Sudan Super Sugar (treated)

"Sold Out"

Super Sugar got its name for a reason - this variety of sorghum-sudan stays sweet longer, making it much more palatable for your livestock. This hybrid can be harvested in about 40-55 days; depending on the height & number of cuttings you desire. It’s an excellent variety for rotational grazing; with protein levels that can reach upwards of 18% and a TDN value that can hit 62%. With this hybrid being a low water user and displaying a good disease package; it’s a warm season forage that producers come back to every year. 

Soybean, Sheyenne (non GMO) (PVP Title V)

Non-GMO Soybeans fit into our warm season mixes very well. Soybeans have the ability to fix their own nitrogen but not as well as peas and cowpeas do. They offer good lodging resistance, making them ideal for the windy states. They also works great in the cover crop mixes to help build Nitrogen and improve soil health. 

Sudangrass, Piper

Piper Sudangrass is a warm season grass with good drought tolerance and a low water usage. This variety works great in saline soils and is a component of our “Salt Tolerant” cover crop mixture. It builds the soil up and also works as an erosion management tool. Piper Sudangrass is a great feed supplement. It is a great source for forage and grazing, as well as, green chopping and in cover crop mixes. If allowed to hit maturity, it is very attractive to wildlife.

Sugarbeet

Sugarbeets are a great species for many cover crops and wildlife mixes. The deep root system allows for the recapturing of deep nitrogen at risk of being lost to leaching. The roots help control soil compaction. Sugarbeets grow really well in saline soils and hold a good tolerance to drought. When adding sugarbeets into a cover crop blend, not only does it help the soil, they are a good grazing option for livestock and big game really enjoy them, especially after the first frost when the tubers sweeten up.

Sunflower, Oilseed

Sunflowers are a great asset to many different cover crop blends. Wildlife love the seeds and the forage produced by them. The deep tap rooting makes them an excellent crop for scavenging nutrients deep in the soil profile. Sunflowers are tolerant to saline soils, making them ideal to any soil type including drought to water logged conditions. 

Teffgrass, Tiffany (treated)

Tiffany Teffgrass is an annual, warm season grass that produces a very high quality hay with multiple cuts possible. It is commonly used in horse hay markets because of its high quality. This variety can be cultivated on and in a wide range of soils and environments, tolerating drought to water logged conditions. Teffgrass needs to be planted into a firm soil bed with a shallow seeding depth. Adding a clover to this can give you optimal growth and tonnage. 

Triticale, Spring or Winter

Triticale is a cross between rye and wheat, boasting the best of both worlds. The winter hardiness it receives from the rye genetics, and the protein potential it gets from the wheat, make it an excellent forage crop. It produces wide leaves, has excellent forage and grazing qualities, and produces high tonnage. Spring Triticale offers an excellent cold tolerance and excellent drought tolerance. It is resistant to stem and leaf rust in the Upper Midwest. Triticale is broadly adapted across growing environments, with no notable restrictions. Depending on your planting intentions, we can supply triticale in both spring and winter varieties.

Turnip, Purple Top

Purple Top Turnip is a cool-season brassica used in a lot of grazing and soil health blends. Under adequate moisture, the bulb of this variety can grow quite large. When used for grazing purposes it is often blended with other brassicas, such as: radish, kale, etc. We most commonly blend it with a wide range of species in our Grazer mixure, to provide a diverse seed blend. Purple Top Turnip is a great option for soil health purposes as it stores a lot of water and nutrients in its bulb until it decomposes in the Spring and releases them back into the soil. 

Vetch, AC Greenfix Chickling (PVP)

Chickling vetch is a cool season, annual, vining legume. It is an excellent Nitrogen builder with high protein, making this a good grazing option for livestock. It is drought tolerant and very moisture efficient. Chickling vetch can be hayed or grazed. This is a great soil builder, making it very useful in our cover crop blends. 

Vetch, Common

Common vetch is an annual, cool season, vining legume. It offers a good nitrogen fixation for the soil. This variety can relocate phosphorus stratifying on soil surface to deep storage in its roots. Common vetch grows upright and works well with oats or other grasses. It is a great way to fatten cattle. Common Vetch works well as an insect attractor to help keep pollinators close to fields, as well. 

Vetch, Hairy

Hairy Vetch is a winter annual, cool season, vining legume. This offers a good source of Nitrogen and is a good soil builder. Hairy Vetch is drought tolerant and it has a low heat tolerance. As a result, it does best when fall seeded with rye or triticale. This species can become a weed if not managed properly. 



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