Secale cereale Extremely winter-hardy and competitive grain thrives on well-drained loam soils but will do well in heavy clays or sandy soils. Tolerates pH from 5.0–8.0. Best planted in early September to give good growth before winter dormancy, but may be planted at higher seeding rates as late as mid-October. For cover crop, seed at 100–200#/acre, 3–4#/1000 sq ft. For grain, seed in late September or early October at 100–125#/acre, 2#/1000 sq ft. Maine-grown at Bull Ridge Farm, Rusted Rooster Farm and at the Benedicta Grain Company.Certified organic.
As cover crop: The most popular winter cover in the Northeast. Deep extensive roots help prevent compaction and improve soil tilth. Turn under early in spring before it gets out of hand. Un-decomposed residue may inhibit germination and growth of subsequent crops, so incorporate into soil at least 3 weeks before planting.
As food grain: Threshes easily and produces a flour suitable for blending with wheat in breads. Matures earlier than winter wheat. Susceptible to ergot contamination, so exercise caution and have grain tested before consuming: Hallucinations from ergot poisoning are believed to have caused the Salem witch trials.
8097A: (5#) $7.75
8097B: (25#) $33.25
8097C: (50#) $53.50
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Unless otherwise noted, our legume seed is sold “raw”: it has not been inoculated with the appropriate bacteria in a process called rhizocoating.
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We are a MOFGA-certified organic repacker and handler of seed and feed.
All our seed is untreated. Organically grown seed is labeled OG. The label ECO after the variety name describes non-certified seed grown without pesticides, herbicides or chemical fertilizers on farms which maintain an active soil-building program. Some farmers eschew certification for a variety of reasons, ideological, economic and otherwise.
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