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Cover Crops Mixes

Our cover crop mixes are a combination of both nitrogen fixing and biomass producing species specially chosen to maximize cover crop benefits and complement a diverse crop rotation.  These mixes will improve soil structure, add and scavenge nutrients, compete with weeds and simplify the seeding process. We are also happy to work with you on custom cover crop blends that will fit any rotation, field, or soil type.

Viking Cover Crop Mix 1

  • Blend of oats, field peas and fall cover crop radish
  • Designed for maximum green manure
  • Mix will winterkill in the upper-Midwest
  • Excellent fit after corn silage, small grains, sweet corn, early soybeans or vegetables
  • Widely adaptable
  • Seed 75-125 lbs/acre from August 1st - September 15th

Viking Cover Crop Mix 2

  • Blend of crimson clover, annual ryegrass and fall cover crop radish
  • Designed for quick cover, N fixation and optimum biomass production
  • Mix will winterkill in the upper-Midwest
  • Excellent fit after corn silage, small grains, sweet corn, early soybeans or vegetables
  • Can be broadcast or aerially applied
  • Seed 15-20 lbs/acre from August 1st - September 15th

Viking Cover Crop Mix 3

  • Blend of winter rye, hairy vetch, & fall cover crop radish
  • High species diversity lends more stability and utility to this mix
  • Maximizes green manure production and N fixation
  • Widely adapted; suitable for most soils types 
  • Will produce rapid growth in fall of seeding year and the following spring
  • Excellent fit after corn silage, small grains, sweet corn, early soybeans or vegetables
  • Plant August 1st - September 15th
  • Seed 50-75 lbs/acre

Viking Cover Crop Mix 5

  • Highly diverse blend of annual ryegrass, fall cover crop radish, crimson clover, purple top turnips, and berseem clover
  • Designed to meet the requirements of the USDA EQIP program. 
  • Good candidate for aerial application
  • Mix will winterkill in the upper-Midwest
  • Good fit after silage corn, early soybeans, small grains or vegetables. 
  • Seed August 1st - September 15th
  • Plant 15-20 lbs/acre

TillageMax Dover Mix

Oats + Tillage Radish

  • Blend of CCS Oats & Tillage Radish
  • Excellent N scavenging ability
  • Rapid growing mix
  • Multi-layer soil building properties both shallow & deep in the profile
  • Excellent mix for fall forage production
  • Good candidate for aerial application
  • Mix will winterkill in the upper-Midwest
  • Plant August 1st - September 15th at 25-50 lbs/acre (use higher rate for forage)

TillageMax Homestead Mix

Tillage Radish + Tillage Sunn + Sorghum/Sudangrass


  • Three-way mix of Tillage Radish®, Tillage Sunn™, & CCS Sorghum/Sudangrass
  • This mix provides exceptional biomass production for maximum soil building & soil health restoration
  • Tillage Sunn (or Sunn Hemp) is a tropical warm season legume that thrives in poor soils & dry conditions.  It can produce over 60lbs/N/acre in 6 weeks
  • Sorghum/sudangrass provides outstanding biomass both above & below ground
  • Tillage Radish is shaded by the two taller species during the summer then begins growth once the weather turns cool
  • Mix will winterkill in the upper-Midwest
  • Excellent fit after small grains, early harvested vegetables, fallow fields or prevented plant fields
  • Sorghum/Sudangrass is treated ; not suitable for organic/transition production in 2014
  • Seed 12-15 lbs/acre from July 1st - August 15th ; can be drilled or planted (broadcasting not recommended)

TillageMax Indy Mix

Tillage Radish + Tillage Rootmax + Crimson Clover


  • Three-way mix of Tillage Radish®, Tillage Rootmax™ annual ryegrass & CCS Crimson Clover
  • Provides a combination of deep soil tillage and N accumulation of Tillage Radish & Rootmax annual ryegrass with the N-Fixing capacity of Crimson Clover
  • High performance mix scavenges, produces & releases N when crops need it most
  • Mix will winterkill in the upper-Midwest
  • Excellent fit after corn silage, small grains, sweet corn, early soybeans, or vegetables
  • Crimson clover is coated ; not suitable for organic/transitional production in 2014
  • Seed 15-20 lbs/acre from August 1st - September 15th ; can be drilled, broadcast or planted

TillageMax Bristol Mix

Tillage Radish + Tillage Rootmax


  • Blend of Tillage Radish® and Tillage Rootmax™ annual ryegrass from Cover Crop Solutions
  • Combines the aggressive taproot of Tillage Radish with the deep rooting & rapid growth of Rootmax annual ryegrass
  • Accumulates soil N and makes it available to the following cash crop
  • Mix will winterkill in the upper-Midwest
  • Excellent fit after corn silage, small grains, sweet corn, early soybeans, or vegetables
  • Seed 12-17 lbs/acre from August 1st - September 15th ; can be drilled, broadcast or planted