Cover Crops | Seeds & Mixes Regenerative farming Promoting Plant Diversity

Working with nature, cover crop seeds, mixes and EnviroPastures. Regenerative FarmingĀ New Zealand.

Plant diversity is the key to reducing inputs and increasing profits. Cover crops seeds and mixes are an important part of your rotation. They not only help control erosion; they also provide key nutrients. Cover crops can alleviate soil compaction issues, assist in weed control, and boost moisture retention to transform your pasture into the regenerative farming system.

STRATEGY

Green Manure

GRASSES

Bio Tillage

HERBS

CO2

BRASSICA

Water Retention

LEGUMES

Pest Management

TREATMENTS

Erosion Control

GRASSES

High Soil Fertility

HERBS

Microbiology Builder

STRATEGY

Beneficial Insects

Treatments

Green Manure

Treatments

Bio Tillage

Treatments

CO2

Legumes

Water Retention

Grasses

Pest Management

Treatments

Erosion Control

Brassicas

High Soil Fertility

Strategy

Microbiology Builder

Herbs

Beneficial Insects

Combine the Right species

Paddock condition and history along with seasonal and climatic conditions affect recommended species and seeding rates for each desired outcome

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We will help you to design the right mix from our list of cultivars to increase your profit

Find out more about cover crops species:

Cover Crops: Legumes

Cover Crops: Grains

Cover Crops: Grasses

Cover Crops: Brassicas

Cover Crops: Herbs

Cover Crops: Flowers

Other cover crop seeds for Regenerating Farming

Other cover crop seeds

Captain Crimson Clover

Benefits:

  • N fixation
  • Fast establishment, competitive with other annual forage
  • High biomass/ DM production
  • Low bloat risk

Limitations

  • Short lived

Red Rascal Red Clover

Benefits:

  • N fixation
  • Fast establishment, competitive with other annual forage
  • Strong root system

Limitations

  • Bloat risk

Persian Clover

Benefits:

  • N fixation
  • Fast establishment, competitive with other annual forage

Limitations

  • Short lived
  • Bloat risk

Buckwheat

Benefits:

  • Easy and fast to establish
  • Weed suppression
  • Attracts beneficial insects
  • Consumes less moisture

Limitations

  • Diseases that could bother buckwheat, so you has to be sure that you mix this crop with right cultivars

Tillage DR3 Diakon Radish

Benefits:

  • Deep soil penetration, busting compaction
  • Soil aeration
  • Increase the soil nutrition
  • Reduces erosion
  • Feeds soil microbes
  • Fodder

Limitations

  • Require good sunlight
  • High moisture consumption

Mustard

Benefits:

  • Contains high levels of glucosinolates
  • Weed suppression
  • Attracts beneficial insects
  • Soil fumigation

Limitations

  • High moisture consumption
  • Must not be used for animal feed

Turnip

Benefits:

  • Temperature resistant
  • Can maintain the feed demand in the feed shortage period
  • Soil penitration
  • Summer and Winter options

Limitations

  • High moisture consumption
  • Less resistant against weed and pest

Wheat

Benefits:

  • Economic
  • Grow rapidly
  • Resistant to cold weather

Limitations

  • Depends on temperature conditions
  • Could be damaged by some species of pests

Ryecorn

Benefits:

  • Could effectively tackle weed and pest with right combination with other cultivars
  • Reduce erosion
  • High rate of biomass/DM production

Limitations

  • Significantly depends on temperature conditions
  • Soil penetration is less then for brassicas and for some other species

Oats

Benefits:

  • Fast establishment
  • Weed suppression
  • High biomass production

Limitations

  • Single cut/graze
  • High moisture consumption and content

Omaka Barley

Benefits:

  • Multi Graze/cut
  • High feed value
  • Prevents erosion
  • High biomass production
  • Soil structure building

Limitations

  • Barley is typically single cut/graze with some exceptions (Omaka)
  • Temperature sensitive

Afterburner Annual Ryegrass

Benefits:

  • Economical
  • Fast establishment
  • Weed suppression
  • High DM production

Limitations

  • Short lived but can substitute with longer rotation grasses
  • Less temperature resistant than some other species

Solar Reach Sunflower

Benefits:

  • Fast-growing crop with the high yield capacity
  • Beneficial insects
  • Efficient in extracting soil moisture
  • Prolific deep root system
  • Drags nutrients from depths unavailable to other species
  • High protein

Limitations

  • Grazing low utilisation
  • Sensitive to temperature conditions

Peas

Benefits:

  • High organic matter
  • Nitrogen fixation
  • Ideal for Autmn and Spriong mixtures
  • Soil conditioning

Limitations

  • Not suitable for mixing with all cover crops

Linseed / Flax seed

Benefits:

  • Highly attractive to beneficial insects
  • Helps mobilise phosphorus in soil
  • Tackles soil compaction issues
  • Suitable for cool season production
  • Increase organic matter

Limitations

  • Slower to establish

Faba Beans

Benefits:

  • High N fixation
  • Ideal for providing extra soil organic matter
  • Highly attractive to beneficial insects

Limitations

  • Hard for mixing with some cover crops because of the size of seeds

Yarrow

Benefits:

  • Deep root system
  • Highly attractive to beneficial insects
  • Drought tolerance
  • Very palatable

Limitations

  • Hard to kill

Hairy vetch

Benefits:

  • Increases N
  • Reduces erosion
  • Fast establishment
  • Weed suppresion

Limitations

  • Not recommended for poorly drained soils

Phacelia

Benefits:

  • Soil conditioner, builds aggregates
  • Attracts beneficial insects
  • Absorbs excessive N in soil
  • Green manure

Limitations

  • Not deep rooting

Herbivore Chicory

Benefits:

  • Deep tap root
  • Mineral miner
  • Attracts beneficial insects
  • Drought tolerent

Limitations

  • Higher risk of crop disease unless it is combined with the appropriate crops

Hercules Plantain

Benefits:

  • Highest anthocyanin content variety for animal health
  • Excellent root depth and mass for soil compaction issues
  • Good at tackling erosion
  • Mineral miner
  • Highest warm season production variety by up to 50%
  • Easy to establish

Limitations

  • Not attractive for the beneficial insects

Fescue

Benefits:

  • Helps to reduce soil erossion
  • Improves soil quality
  • Increases nutrition

Limitations

  • Cannot be combined with some cover crops

Cocksfoot

Benefits:

  • Requires lower seeding rates
  • Improves soil quality
  • Deep rooting system
  • Persistent perennial

Limitations

  • Slower in establishment

Lotus

Benefits:

  • Increase N
  • Deep rooting system
  • Condensed tannins
  • Bloat free grazing

Limitations

  • Hard to kill in some regions of New Zealand

Sheeps burnet

Benefits:

  • Deep rooting system
  • Improves soil quality
  • Helps to reduce soil errossion
  • Animal health

Limitations

  • Sensitive to the temperature fluctuations