I found an opportunity to save money on ordering Cover Crops (especially oats, winter rye, and field peas) and I wanted to pass it along. Time may be important in taking advantage of this opportunity — so be sure to check this out as soon as you can rather than waiting a month or two. That may be too late. I’m not sure. (I’ll tell you why in a minute.)
A Seed catalog from Fedco came yesterday. I’ve wanted to order from them for sometime, but find it very difficult to navigate their website. After a certain amount of time spent trying, I usually figure I’m better off to order from someone else rather than spend all day trying to figure out how to navigate the Fedco site. (Could be just me.)
The first thing I checked in the Fedco catalog was cover crop seed. (Previously I’ve ordered cover crop seed from PineTree because they had about the best prices I’d seen.) I was impressed with Fedco. They even have fava beans and sudangrass which are sometimes hard to find. And a nice selection of the clovers as well.
My favorite covers are buckwheat, oats, winter rye, and field peas. If you’ve ordered these before you know that winter rye can be pretty expensive. But sometimes you want it for a job that the others can’t do. (I’ll be writing about that in the future.)
Briefly — here are my findings comparing Fedco to Pinetree — using basically the 25 pound amount. (Pinetree sells in lesser quantities which can be a great benefit if you don’t need much.)
- Field Peas (OG) are almost half the price.
- Buckwheat (OG) (called Japanese Buckwheat at Fedco) is just a little cheaper at Fedco.
- Oats (OG) (called Jerry Oats at Fedco) way less than half the price of oats at Pinetree. (There is another oats with higher food value that is still about $14 cheaper than Pinetree for 30 pounds.)
- Winter Rye (OG) is half the price.
Why it might be important to order soon.
Fedco has a notice on the cover crop page (p.121 in my catalog) that says:
If you have trouble with their website like I do — call right away for a catalog — 207-426-9900.
Also, be sure to read all the information on shipping. Regular seed orders get free shipping, but cover crop shipping can be hefty. You have to weigh all this out to see if you will really save by buying from Fedco. I know Pinetree shipping is much more reasonable.
Hope you’ll find this helpful.
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