Alfalfa

 

Seeding Rate

No. 1 Cert. Hybriforce-2410 Alfalfa (Hybrid) 

A hybrid alfalfa that delivers a high forage yield potential for dairy quality forage. The advantages of HybriForce-2410 become more pronounced in the productive years subsequent to the year of establishment. Rapid recovery, excellent disease resistance package, dense and persistent stands, fine stems and excellent quality.

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16-18 lbs. per acre

No.1 Cert. 4030 Alfalfa (Tap Root)

Higher forage yield potential and excels under heavy disease pressure.  Improved digestibility for better animal performance and fast recovery with excellent persistence.  Typically used for hay.

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16-18 lbs. per acre

No. 1 Cert. 4020 Mf Alfalfa (Multifoliate) 

Combination of high forage yields and quality. Highly resistant to 6 major diseases that attack alfalfa and is resistant to Aphanomyces Root Rot (Race 2). Very leafy and excellent winter survival with an aggressive regrowth habit.

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16-18 lbs. per acre
Alfalfa

No. 1 Cert. Spyder Alfalfa (Creeping Rooted Trait) 

Strong fall dormancy, excellent winterhardiness and improved disease resistance with the creeping rooted trait. Very drought tolerant. Higher yield potential for creeping rooted variety.

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16-18 lbs. per acre

No. 1 Cert. Shockwave BR Alfalfa (Branch Rooted) 

Has a lateral branch root that grows well in lowland conditions and variable soils. Shockwave BR has a high resistance to heaving. Available for use in fields with more variability or heavier clay. The roots can branch out if they encounter wetter conditions that would affect the long term survivability of most tap root varieties. This variety will help to maintain alfalfa longer in the field but will not grow where water pools for long periods of time or is just not suitable for alfalfa in general. 

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16-18 lbs. per acre

Alfalfa Branch Rooted

No. 1 Cert. Radar II Brand Alfalfa (Lodge Resistant/Multifoliate) 

Excellent standability and regrowth. Plants stand more erect for a cleaner cut and more hay in the swath. High yielding multifoliate variety.

16-18 lbs. per acre

No. 1 Cert. Survivor Alfalfa (Sunken Crown)

Sunken Crown to protect from close grazing and wheel traffic. Used for hay or pasture.

16-18 lbs. per acre

No.1 Cert. Adrenalin Alfalfa (Tap Root)

Upright multifoliate that is widely adapted for a variety of growing conditions.  High forage yield with excellent stand persistence producing dairy quality hay.  Broad disease and insect resistance.

16-18 lbs. per acre
Alfalfa Tap Root Alfalfa Field

No. 1 Cert. Algonquin Alfalfa (Tap Root)

A persistent tap rooted alfalfa. Good winter hardiness and persistence. Good for pasture.

16-18 lbs. per acre

No. 1 PLH 2000 Brand Alfalfa

Offering the latest genetic resistance to the Potato Leafhopper plus improved agronomic traits, the forage quality of PLH 2000 is equal to some of the top varieties on the market today.  PLH 2000 is highly resistant to several pests, has good spring vigor and  winter hardiness. With a fall dormancy rate of three, PLH 2000 is ideal for growers who want genetic protection against potato leafhopper injury via the glandular hair trait. Good performance can also be expected for seasons or cuttings when potato leafhopper injury isn't a limiting factor.  Best adapted to 2 or 3 cut harvest systems and medium rotations.  Not recommended for grazing.

16-18 lbs. per acre

No.1 Merit Brand Alfalfa

An economical and dependable blend of 4 different alfalfas suited for success across a variety of conditions and geographies.  Blended by Speare Seeds, Merit Brand Alfalfa provides an excellent combination of multifoliate expression, high forage yield and a branch rooted variety to tolerate variable soils.

16-18 lbs. per acre
Merit Brand Alfalfa Combine Alfalfa Root Alfalfa Combine

No.1 Alfalfa

Economical for short term use.

16-18 lbs. per acre

Nitragin Gold for Alfalfa (50kg Size, 24/Box)

Contains Nitrogen fixing Rhizobia to treat 50kb of Alfalfa.

 

*Please note: Alfalfa inoculant will be shipped with all orders of straight alfalfa at an additional cost.

 

 

Timothy

 

Seeding Rate

No. 1 Cert. Champ Timothy (Early Maturity)

Earliest of the Timothy's. Well adapted to Ontario conditions.

In Mixes: 2-8 lbs. per acre

No. 1 Cert. Promesse Timothy (Early Maturity)

High yielding, early maturing timothy with good tolerance to waterlogged soils.  Extremely leafy.  Adapted to cool, moist areas.

In Mixes: 2-8 lbs. per acre

No. 1 Cert. Climax Timothy (Late Maturity)

Proven late maturing timothy. Well adapted to varying soils and moisture conditions.

In Mixes: 2-8 lbs. per acre

No. 1 Sunset II Brand Timothy (Very Late Maturity)

Late maturity, high yielding and improved summer performance.

In Mixes: 2-8 lbs. per acre

No. 1 Timothy

Economical for short term use.

In Mixes: 2-8 lbs. per acre

Clover

 

Seeding Rate

No. 1 Cert. Wildcat Double Cut Red Clover - Coated Seed

Easy to establish, fast regrowth, excellent winter hardiness and superior persistence for forage production. Can be grown in fields too wet or acidic for alfalfa. Longer persistence than regular Double Cut Red Clover. 

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Alone: 10-12 lbs.
In Mixes: 2-4 lbs. per acre

No. 1 Double Cut Red Clover

Short-lived perennial legume used primarily for hay, haylage and plowdown. Red Clover is a bloating legume; use with caution in a pasture mix.

Alone: 10-12 lbs.
In Mixes: 2-4 lbs. per acre

No. 1 Single Cut Red Clover

Short lived, late maturing, bi-annual legume with high nitrogen fixing potential.

Alone: 10-12 lbs.
In Mixes: 2-4 lbs. per acre

50/50 DC/SC Red Clover Mixture

A short lived, high nitrogen producing crop designed for frost seeding into winter wheat or underseeding into mixed grain. The deep rooted Single Cut mixed with the vigorous top growth produced by the Double Cut makes a perfect plough down crop.

Alone: 10-12 lbs.
In Mixes: 2-4 lbs. per acre

No. 1 Alsike Clover

Especially well adapted to cool climates and wet soils. Does well on soils that are too acidic for red clover and tolerates more alkalinity than most other clovers. Excellent  winter hardiness. Fits shorter-term stands. Flood tolerance 7-14 days. DO NOT feed alsike clover to horses.

Alone: 6-8 lbs.
In Mixes: 1-2 lbs. per acre

Alsike Clover

No. 1 Berseem Clover

This quick growing annual clover has many applications. It can be planted as a forage crop alone, or accompanied with oats without worrying about bloat. Berseem can also be used to suppress weeds, as erosion control, or green manure.

Alone: 10-15 lbs.
In Mixes: 2-4 lbs. per acre

No. 1 Crimson Clover

Usually planted in the late summer to early fall. Can be used in pasture, hay, organic farming, pollinator enhancement, silage mixes, as a winter cover for soil protection or green manure crop for soil improvement.

Alone: 12-18 lbs.

No. 1 Yellow Blossom Sweet Clover / White Blossom Sweet Clover

Mainly used for plowdown with its deep taproot. A bi-annual species. More heat and drought resistant than alfalfa. Excellent source of nectar and pollen for bees.

Alone: 12-16 lbs.
In Mixes: 2-6 lbs. per acre

No. 1 Cert. Alice White Clover

Combines the persistence of dwarf white clover with the large broad leaf and yield potential of the taller Ladino types.

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In Mixes: 1-2 lbs. per acre

No. 1 Cert. California Ladino Clover

Tall growing, branch rooted, high yielding, winter-hardy variety. Branched root secures the plant in the ground to prevent heaving when freezing and thawing occur.

In Mixes: 1-2 lbs. per acre

No. 1 Cert. Huia White Clover

Use in hay pasture and ground cover. Shorter growing white clover.

In Mixes: 1-2 lbs.per acre

No. 1 White Clover

White Clover is a persistent shorter growing clover that is commonly used in long term pasture blends as it will reseed itself and is adapted to intense low grazing. It is also utilized for ground cover for weed suppression and overseeding into thinning pastures to improve forage yields and quality.

In Mixes: 1-2 lbs.per acre

White Clover

Trefoil

 

Seeding Rate

No. 1 Cert. Bruce Birdsfoot Trefoil - Coated Seed

Semi-erect variety with vigorous seedling growth and superior winter hardiness.
Alone: 15 lbs.
In Mixes: 10-12 lbs. per acre

No. 1 Birdsfoot Trefoil - Coated Seed

Bloat resistant. Legume, for both pastures and hay production.

Alone: 15 lbs.
In Mixes: 10-12 lbs. per acre

Bromegrass

 

Seeding Rate

No. 1 Cert. Hakari Bromegrass

High yielding variety with good seed quality and vigour. Excellent winter hardiness.

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In Mixes: 3-7 lbs. per acre

No. 1 Cert. Fleet Meadow Bromegrass

Quick regrowth for pasture or hay. Excellent pasture grass having a bunch-type growth habit, reproducing by tillering.

In Mixes: 3-7 lbs. per acre

No. 1 Cert. Carlton Bromegrass

High yielding and one of the most winter hardy bromegrasses.

In Mixes: 3-7 lbs. per acre

No. 1 Prairie Bromegrass

High yielding with good seed quality and vigour. Seed is clipped for easier planting.

In Mixes: 3-7 lbs. per acre

No. 1 Bromegrass

Economical for short term use.

In Mixes: 3-7 lbs. per acre

Orchardgrass

 

Seeding Rate

No. 1 Cert. Baridana Orchardgrass

Late maturing variety with quick spring re-growth.

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In Mixes: 2-6 lbs. per acre

No. 1 HLR Orchardgrass Blend New Icon

An excellent choice to plant with alfalfa. High yielding. Excellent disease resistant varieties have been chosen for this blend. 

In Mixes: 2-5 lbs. per acre

No. 1 Orchardgrass

Aggressive grass for early hay or pasture. Will persist on moderately, drained soils.

In Mixes: 2-6 lbs. per acre

Fescue

 

Seeding Rate

No. 1 Cert. Pradel Meadow Fescue

Late maturing and winter hardy variety. Tolerant of cool, moist soil conditions.

In Mixes: 2-8 lbs. per acre

No. 1 Meadow Fescue

A hardy, cool season perennial grass. Tolerant of moist conditions.

In Mixes: 2-8 lbs. per acre

Meadow Fescue

No. 1 Cert. Barolex Tall Fescue

Endophyte free cultivar - soft leafed, very palatable, late maturing and highly digestible - very dense and persistent. Tolerant of moist conditions, best for grazing.

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In Mixes: 2-8 lbs. per acre

No. 1 Tall Fescue

Deep rooted persistent grass for variable soils. Note: Only certified forage type varieties should be used for forage applications to ensure they are ‘endophyte-free’ as endophyte fescues may cause problems for some ruminants and horses.

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In Mixes: 2-8 lbs. per acre

No.1 Barfest Festulolium

Late maturing festulolium variety developed for better persistence.  Winter-hardy and highly palatable.  Barfest also exhibits excellent rust resistance and performs well in heavier soils.

In Mixes: 2-8 lbs. per acre

No. 1 Spring Green Festulolium

Winter hardy and high yielding, Spring Green has better longevity than ryegrasses. Best adapted to regions that experience periods of cool temperatures and humidity during the year. Due to its deep and robust root system, Spring Green can tolerate a wide range of climatic stresses after establishment including heat, drought and cold.

In Mixes:  2-8 lbs. per acre

No.1 STF-43 Tall Fescue Blend New Icon

A blend of late maturing, soft-leaf tall fescues that works great for hay or silage. Highly digestible and works well in mixes with legumes and other grasses. 

In Mixes: 2-8 lbs. per acre

No.1 Milkway Fescue Blend New Icon


Meadow fescue and tall fescue mix that is well suited for use in tmr rations. Can be planted alone (25 lbs. / acre) or in a mix with alfalfa. 

In Mixes: 2-8 lbs. per acre

No.1 HDR Meadow Fescue Blend New Icon


A blend of meadow fescue varieties that performs well on varying soil conditions and is high yielding with excellent digestibility. 

In Mixes: 2-8 lbs. per acre

Sorghum

 

Seeding Rate

No. 1 Sorghum Sudan Hybrid

A thin stemmed variety with quick regrowth. Its thin stems make it highly palatable and it can be ensiled as baleage or silage. When used as a forage, proper management must be exercised following stress, drought or frost as Prussic Acid poisoning can be a potential hazard.

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25-35 lbs. per acre

No. 1 BMR Sorghum

A new improved variety in which the lignin stem content has been  reduced up to 40%. This sweet juicy midrib allows for greated digestibility and palatibility.

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25-35 lbs. per acre

No. 1 Wild Game Sorghum

A wild game food sorghum suited for food plots to attract game birds. The large grain head becomes more palatable going into the fall.

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Drilled: 5 lbs. per acre
Broadcast: 15 lbs. per acre

No. 1 Teff Grass

This is a warm season annual grass which can be harvested multiple times during the growing season as dry hay, silage or pasture. Fast growing with excellent forage quality.

5-7 lbs. per acre

Ryegrass

 

Seeding Rate

No. 1 BG-24T Perennial Ryegrass Blend

Persistant and productive, BG-24T is a unique, innovative blend of early and intermediate maturing diploid and tetraploid perennial ryegrass varieties.

Alone: 25 lbs. per acre
In Mixes: 3-8 lbs. per acre

No.1 BG-34 Perennial Ryegrass Blend

Late maturing blend of perennial ryegrasses with good winter hardiness. 

In Mixes: 3-8 lbs. per acre

No. 1 Cert. Remington Perennial Ryegrass

A late maturing tetraploid variety for hay or pasture.  Remington is bred an an endophyte-free forage perennial ryegrass.

Alone: 25-30 lbs. per acre
In Mixes: 3-8 lbs. per acre

Remington

No. 1 Perennial Ryegrass

Quick germinating species for use in ground cover mixtures.

Alone: 25-30 lbs. per acre
In Mixes: 3-8 lbs. per acre


Perennial Ryegrass

No. 1 Cert. Barextra Italian Ryegrass (Tetraploid)

High yielding and quick to establish. Good for emergency forage.

Alone: 25-30 lbs. per acre
In Mixes: 5-10 lbs per acre

No. 1 Green Spirit Biennial Ryegrass Blend

A high quality Italian Ryegrass blend that can be used as a rotation crop for late summer planting providing forage for the fall and following spring.

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Alone: 35-40 lbs. per acre
In Mixes: 3-8 lbs per acre

Green Spirit

No. 1 Annual Ryegrass

Good for green manure crop.

Alone: 25-30 lbs. per acre
In Mixes: 5-10 lbs per acre

Canarygrass

 

Seeding Rate

No. 1 Reed Canarygrass – Coated Seed

Bred for increased palatability and high yields, very quick regrowth - highly palatable and digestible for hay and pasture applications. Does well in poorly drained and drought prone soils.

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In Mixes: 2-8 lbs. per acre

Annual Forages and Cover Crops

 

 

Seeding Rate

No. 1 Buckwheat

Annual cover crop and plowdown for green manure. Excellent pollinator attractant.

50 lbs. per acre

No. 1 Faba Beans

Faba beans are gaining popularity in Ontario as an excellent protein source in the livestock industry. This annual legume can grow 1.5m in height and product yields that rival soybeans.

250-300 lbs. per acre

No. 1 Fall Rye

Fall Rye can be utilized as a cover crop for wind erosion, weed suppression and the addition of organic matter. If planted early in August, Fall rye can also be available for fall forage and a source of feed for the spring.

100 lbs. per acre

No. 1 Hairy Vetch

Mainly used as a cover crop, but can be used as a forage. Winter annual with most growth occurring in the spring. 

20-25 lbs. per acre

No. 1 Oats

Quick establishment for weed suppression and erosion prevention. Can be utilized in fall for emergency feed.

110 lbs. per acre

No. 1 Phacelia

This annual broadleaf has a very shallow fiborous root system that creates crumbly, aggregate soil particles on the top 2 inches. A favourite of beekeepers as it will produce beautiful flowers from May to September. Phacelia will produce large amounts of biomass with little residue remaining the following spring.

8-15 lbs. per acre

No. 1 Sunflower Seed

A quick growing annual with a deep tap root. Benefits pollinators if planted early enough to flower. 

Alone: 5-10 lbs. per acre
In Mixes: 1 lbs per acre

No. 1 Sunn Hemp

Fast growing cover crop that suppresses nematodes and weeds. Outstanding nitrogen and biomass production in a short period. Killed by first frost. Needs to be planted in early July. Best to be planted with an inoculant. 

9-15 lbs. per acre

Millet

 

No. 1 Japanese Millet

Excellent for gamebirds. Can tolerate moist soil conditions.

25 lbs. per acre

No. 1 Hybrid Pearl Millet

High yielding and has high protein. Relatively fast root development and excellent drought tolerance. Does not produce Prussic Acid.

25 lbs. per acre

Mustard

 

No. 1 Brown Mustard

Used as a green manure.

7-10 lbs. per acre

No. 1 Oriental Mustard

Useful bio fumigant for the suppression of a number of nematodes.

7-10 lbs. per acre

Peas

 

No. 1 Austrian Winter Peas

Austrian Winter Pea is a quick establishing, cool-season annual legume with good, nitrogen-fixing capabilities. Commonly used for grazing, hay and as a green manure.

90-100 lbs. per acre

No. 1 Black Forage Peas

High protein content with excellent digestibility and palatability. Best used in a forage mix. If used as a cover crop, peas possess good nitrogen fixing abilities for soil conditioning.

110 lbs. per acre

No. 1 Yellow Semi-Leafless Peas

Yellow semi-leafless peas have a more open canopy than forage vining peas used for grain production. 

90-100 lbs. per acre

Pea Inoculant

Contains Nitrogen fixing Rhizobia to treat 700kg of Pea Seed.

 

Radish

 

No. 1 Image Oilseed Radish


An oilseed radish bred for nematode control and bio-fumigant traits. For best results it needs to be worked into the soil at bloom and allowed to work for 3-5 weeks. 

Alone: 8-10 lbs. per acre
In Mixes: 4 lbs per acre

No. 1 Groundbreaker Radish

A Daikon type forage radish specifically developed for fall/winter cover crop applications. Deep penetrating taproot that reduces soil compaction, builds organic matter and improves nutrient recycling.

2-10 lbs. per acre

Groundbreaker Radish

No. 1 Cert. Tillage Radish

A cover crop for green manure. Planted after wheat or grain harvest and is the result of over 10 years research, rigorous testing and careful selection of plant attributes. A unique large taproot that can reach depths of 30 inches.

Benefits:

  • Increased Crop Yields
  • Compaction Alleviation
  • Enhanced Seed Bed
  • Increased Soil Organic Matter

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2-10 lbs. per acre

Triticale

 

No. 1 Spring Triticale

A cool-season cereal crop originating from a cross of durum wheat and rye. Taller and leafier than wheat or oats, it tolerates hot, dry weather better than wheat, is higher in protein and has more feed value when chopped for forage.

75-100 lbs. per acre

No. 1 Winter Triticale

High-yielding, early maturing cross between winter rye and winter wheat. Winter triticale does double duty as a cover crop planted in the fall while producing high-quality forage in late spring.

25-75 lbs. per acre for a cover crop

80-120 lbs. per acre for a forage crop

No. 1 Hy Octane Brand Winter Triticale

A good choice for high quality forage in late spring or early summer. A reduced awn variety with excellent standability. Plant in early fall for best chance of winter survival.

80-120 lbs. per acre for a forage crop

Brassicas

 

No. 1 Cert. Barkant Turnip

A tankard type bulb where 50% of the bulb is above ground. Matures in 12-14 weeks. Has a high bulb yield with increased palatability.

4-5 lbs. per acre

No. 1 Turnip

A type of stubble turnip which has a maturity of 16 weeks. Globe type (greater leaf to bulb ratio) with a purple top. 

4-5 lbs. per acre

No. 1 Hunter Brassica

A hybrid that works great as emergency feed, can be pastured 6 weeks after planting under good conditions. 

4-5 lbs. per acre

No. 1 Winfred Brassica

A hybrid between turnip and kale. Has a high leaf stem ratio. It is early maturing at 10-12 weeks. Very winter hardy.

4-5 lbs. per acre

No. 1 Fodder Rape

Seed in late July to early August for fall pasture. 

7 lbs. per acre

No. 1 Kale

A high quality, high yielding crop that can be used for deer food plots or grazing livestock in a rotational system. The large leafy tops are very nutritious and can be used to extend grazing later into the fall. Seeding rate depends on use. 

4-10 lbs. per acre

Perennial Forages

 

Seeding Rate

No. 1 Forage Feast Chicory

A leafy perennial forage with good digestibility and high mineral content. Used in rotational grazing systems and wild game food plots.

In Mixes: 2-6 lbs. per acre

Companion Forage Crops

 

Seeding Rate

Silobuster™ Forage Blend

Boost milk production. A mixture of 50% Climbing Forage Peas, 25% Spring Triticale, and 25% Barley. Ideal cover crop for overseeding forage stands. Green chop and ensile or wrap in early July. Harvest when the grain is in the boot stage for best feed quality and highest protein. Tonnage can be maximized if harvested when the heads have just emerged, but quality starts to decline quickly as the cereals mature. 

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100 lbs. per acre

Forage Blend

Custom Pea/Oat Mix

An excellent choice for a nurse crop underseeded into a hay stand. When cut at the boot stage to early heading, it will make excellent quality forage. Also planted after wheat as an economical fall cover crop. Talk to our forage specialist about what ratio is right for you. 

100-120 lbs. per acre

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