Planting cover crops, or a crop cover seed mix is a practice that greatly benefits both the environment and agricultural systems. Cover crops can be planted any time of the year after a main crop has been harvested, however, it is most commonly done in the fall or spring. There are numerous advantages to planting crop cover seed mixes on your property, including:
Enhanced Soil Health
A cover crop can protect soil from erosion and compaction, while also improving soil structure by adding organic matter. This leads to better overall soil fertility and water retention.
Cover crops capture nutrients in the soil and make them available for plants to use, reducing the need for synthetic fertilizers that can be damaging to the environment.
Planting crop cover seed mix can help outcompete weeds for resources like sunlight and nutrients, reducing the need for herbicides.
Better Water Quality
Cover crops can reduce nutrient and pesticide runoff into nearby waterways, improving overall water quality.
Planting crop covers can provide valuable and sustainable habitats for beneficial insects, birds, and other wildlife, promoting biodiversity on farms.
Climate Change Mitigation
Use crop covers to “go green!” Planting crop cover seed mix aid in eliminating carbon in the soil, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and having a positive effect on the environment.
Overall, planting cover crops is a sustainable farming practice that can benefit both the environment and any farmer's bottom line.
Hancock Seed’s Spring Cover Crop Seed Mix
Hancock Seed proudly offers two different types of premium cover crop seed mixes, Hancock's Spring Cover Crop Seed Mix, and Hancock's Fall Cover Crop Seed Mix. And, for an “easy option” we offer many other single variety crop cover options as well.
The Spring variety mix offers three simple yet high-quality, high-performance forage varieties. It can be used as pasture, food plot, cover crop, erosion control, and cattle forage. Under optimal conditions, it takes roughly 5-7 days to germinate and requires 6+ hours of full sun daily for best results.
Hancock Seed’s Fall Cover Crop Seed Mix
Similarly, to the Fall mix, Hancock Seed’s Spring Crop Seed Mix offers four simple yet high-quality, high-performance forage varieties including radish, purple top turnips, clover, and grain rye. Recommended planting time is the fall when nighttime temperatures are consistently below 65 degrees.
Partner With Hancock Seed
At Hancock Seed, we can help you determine which type of cover crop seed mix will best benefit your farm and property. We’ve spent more than 40 years perfecting our product and take immense pride in every product that we sell. Plus, all of our seeds, including our Cover Crop Seed Mixes have been cleaned and meet or exceed all legal requirements for germination rates and quality.