Grain and Seed Prices
Because of weather vagaries throughout the country, the cost of seed and grain continues to be very unstable. We will make every effort to honor the prices published in the catalog, but if we have to purchase additional inventory we will adjust prices accordingly. We post current prices on our website. Or call 207-426-9900 if you have questions.
Legumes such as beans, peas, clover and alfalfa are able to access ("fix”) nitrogen because their roots shelter symbiotic bacteria of the genus Rhizobium. The plant roots feed the bacteria while the bacteria take molecular nitrogen from the air and convert it to a form that the plant can use.
Different legumes require different species of rhizobia to form a successful relationship. Unless otherwise noted, our legume seed is sold “raw”: it has not been inoculated with the appropriate bacteria in a process called “rhizocoating.” Because the seed maintains good germination longer than the bacteria remain viable, we prefer to sell fresh inoculant each year and allow you to treat the seed at the time of planting.
Use fresh inoculant each time you plant a legume even if you have planted inoculated seed in the same spot before. When you are ready to put the seed in the ground, moisten it with water, pour the inoculant over it and mix. Protect from direct sunlight and plant before the seed dries out, or remoisten and remix.