Albert Lea Seed - Celebrating 90 Years in the Seed Business

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Saturday: 8am-4pm

Organic Biomass

Organic Buckwheat*

  • Broadleaved summer annual most often used as a green manure crop
  • Fast establishment, thrives in poor soils
  • An excellent weed suppressor and soil builder
  • Can produce 2-3 tons of dry matter in 6-8 weeks
  • Grain matures in 10-12 weeks and can yield 800-1,500 lbs/acre
  • Not frost tolerant
  • Seed 75-100 lbs/acre after last frost date

Organic Tillage Radish®


  • Improved oilseed radish bred for long taproot
  • Can reduce compaction/hardpan, build soil tilth, and mellow heavier clay soils
  • Excellent weed suppressor
  • Good nutrient scavenger
  • Plant 4-10 weeks before a killing frost
  • Seed 8-10 lbs/acre

Organic Winter Rye*

  • The most winter hardy fall-planted grain
  • Excellent competitor with weeds and produces lots of biomass for green manure
  • Will germinate down to 35F & performs better on lower fertility soil than other cover crops
  • Can tolerate sandy, droughty or occasionally flooded soils
  • Excellent feed value as a forage
  • Can be grazed by livestock well into the fall

Organic Annual Ryegrass*

  • An economical choice for fall cover cropping
  • Rapid-growing plant with an extensive shallow root structure
  • Superior soil-builder ; stronger roots than winter rye
  • Mow and incorporate residue via to ensure maximum kill in the spring
  • Plant August 1 - September 15
  • Seed 15-20 lbs/acre