Werner seed company

annual forages/cover crops

FIELD PEA FORAGE MIXES - Improve the palatability, yield, and nutrition of your small grain forage by planting a 50/50 blend of improved field peas and the grain that works best for you.  Field peas have great feed value and are exceptionally high in protein.  Works well as a cover crop for establishing alfalfa.  Plant early for best yields.
Sowing rate: 100#/Acre as a nurse crop,  100-150#/Acre without underseeding.

• 50/50 FIELD PEA-BARLEY MIX - Barley and peas provides the best feed and nutritional quality silage.  Blend of improved midseason barley varieties for high yield and good standability.  Slightly earlier than oats.

• 50/50 FIELD PEA-OAT MIX - High tonnage yield, good feed quality.  Blend of improved late season oat varieties.

• 50/50 FIELD PEA-TRITICALE MIX - Triticale makes great feed, and adding peas will give the highest protein of these mixes.  Triticale is a tall plant that stands well, and is slightly later than oats.                     

• FIELD PEAS - 40-10 field peas to make your own mix. 

SORGHUM-SUDAN HYBRID - A cross between sorghum and sudangrass that results in a plant with excellent growth from hybrid vigor.  Sorghum-Sudan is a tall, fast growing, vigorous plant with broad succulent leaves.  It has good drought tolerance and can handle some chemical carryover that other forages can’t handle.  When Sorghum-Sudan is cut at a young stage of growth, it has fairly good feed value.  Sorghum-Sudan requires warm ground and can be planted quite late (mid-July) and still get one good cutting.  Sorghum-Sudan has potential for nitrate accumulation under drought conditions.  Manage harvest to avoid prussic acid poisoning.  Also available as BMR (brown mid-rib) for improved feed quality.   

SUDANGRASS - Fast growing warm season annual grass that quickly produces tonnage.  Smaller stems and finer leaves allow Sudangrass to be dried for hay, also makes excellent silage and pasture.  Plant once the soil is warm and prior to mid-July.  Sudangrass tolerates heat and drought well.  Multiple cuttings possible if planted early.  In the Sorghum family, Sudangrass has the least potential for prussic acid poisoning.  The BMR trait increases digestibility.      

CANEX BMR HYBRID SORGHUM - A Sorghum forage hybrid designed for lots of tonnage and high quality feed.  Sorghums will produce a large amount of feed, even planted late (up to mid-July).  Very tolerant of heat and drought.  The BMR trait reduces the amount of indigestible lignin in the stalk, improving feed quality and increasing the animal’s feed use efficiency. Care should be taken to manage for potential prussic acid poisoning.                                Ask for current price.

JAPANESE MILLET -  Japanese Millet is a selection out of barnyard grass.  It is a warm season annual with finer stems than sorghum or sudangrass.  It can be seeded as late as mid-July and still make a good crop.  The seed is small so it should be cultipacked.  Japanese Millet is sensitive to grass herbicides  (volunteer millet is also easily controlled by grass herbicides).  Japanese Millet can be cut for hay.  It should be cut in the boot stage and it will withstand multiple cuttings.       Nitrate accumulation may be an issue in drought years or with excessive fertilization.25-30#/Acre                                                                                                             


DAIKON TILLAGE RADISH - A popular cover crop that produces large, deep taproots to break up hardpan and mellow soil.  Daikon Radish produces a thick, leafy biomass that increases soil organic matter and improves soil tilth.  Daikon Radish does not fix (produce) nitrogen like a legume, but is considered a nutrient scavenger that picks up free soil nitrogen and other nutrients that would otherwise leech away, returning nutrients to the next crop as the radish decays (fleshy roots break down quickly).  Can be grazed.  Plant spring or summer up to late August.  Seed 8-10#/Acre

BUCKWHEAT - A good green manure cover crop that grows quickly to outcompete weeds and produces lots of biomass to increase soil organic matter and recycle nutrients.  Seed June through Early August.         

RAPE -  Rape is neither a grass nor a legume, but a member of the cabbage family.  Rape is a succulent annual planted in the spring with oats.  It makes excellent pasture for sheep or hogs.  It has good nutritional value, comparable to legumes.  Seed about 6#/acre.  (Rape can cause white hogs to be light sensitive.)         

PURPLE TOP TURNIP -  A good fall grazing alternative that grows quickly, is low input, and is highly digestible.  Cattle and sheep love eating the roots right out of the ground.  It is important to provide a high-fiber feed such as straw or cornstalks while feeding turnip.  A popular deer plot food.                 

HAIRY VETCH - A winter annual legume suitable for adding to winter rye as cover crop or for forage.  Adds nitrogen to soil and protein to feed.  Competitive growth to suppress weeds.  Marginal winter hardiness this far north, seed late August through mid September with rye for best survival.                 

WINTER RYE  - Fall planted rye can produce several tons per acre of high quality forage in the spring and can be harvested in time to plant soybeans or silage corn.  Valuable as a cover crop, rye is highly competitive and forms a dense canopy that chokes out most weeds.  Helps to reduce erosion, hold the soil over winter, and increase soil organic matter.  Check herbicide compatibility.  Rye grows very aggressively in the spring, have a plan to kill effectively.  Forage quality peaks at boot stage and drops rapidly.  Can be seeded extremely late (Late October).