Hybrid rye provides farmers an opportunity for a third crop in a corn-soybean rotation. Carefully bred for very high grain and biomass yields, excellent lodging resistance, and low ergot, hybrid rye is superior to “standard” open-pollinated winter rye varieties. In other words, hybrid winter rye is not your grandfather’s cereal rye. Interest in hybrid rye […]
Our catalog of fall-planted small grains will be hitting mailboxes in mid-July, but you can peruse the catalog online right now! It includes our 2021 lineup for winter rye, hybrid rye, winter barley, winter wheat, and winter triticale. View the catalog below, or you can download it as a PDF here, too.
Albert Lea Seed is Open! Minnesota Governor Walz issued a Stay-at-Home order to combat the spread of the Covid-19 virus. The Governor’s Executive Order takes effect Saturday, March 28, 2020, and will last for two weeks. The Order does exempt the Food and Agriculture industries as essential services, which means farmers will be able to […]
As demand for organic grain products soars, newly certified organic grain farmers — or those in the process of transitioning to organic grain — struggle to find reliable technical service and support as they navigate this new production system. Upcoming two-day pilot sessions of the Organic Agronomy Training Series (OATS) can help agronomists, crop advisors, extension agents, […]
With only two more hybrid rye field days coming up, farmers should RSVP now. Two upcoming field days (Rose Creek, Minnesota, and East Troy, Wisconsin) will showcase the power of hybrid winter rye for feed, forage, and food/distillation markets. This is not your grandfather’s cereal rye. The Hybrid Rye Field Days will demonstrate how farmers can […]
The USDA released its Census of Agriculture, and within that data, the results showed a jaw-dropping 67 percent increase in the use of cover crops by U.S. farmers from 2012 to 2017. Across all U.S. states, farmers reported planting 15.4 million acres of cover crops in 2017 compared to 10.2 million acres in 2012. Also of […]
The window is closing for seeding Italian ryegrass this spring for many of farmers in the Upper Midwest. For high-quality forage or plowdown, Italian ryegrass is a great pick. It regrows quickly after grazing and mowing and persists into fall. Now is the time farmers should get it planted. Basically, Italian Ryegass is a cool-season, […]
We are very happy to announce the re-hiring of Matt Leavitt! He’s back! Matt Leavitt, Organic Agronomist, re-joined the Albert Lea Seed team. Just in time for the new year, Matt has returned to take over some of his previous duties (in combination with Bairet Eiter and Margaret Snith) and he will be adding some new […]