January 26, 2024

Welcome to Four River Co-ops Agro Centre, your destination for superior seed selection.

Our thoughtfully curated seeds embody quality, sustainability, and diversity, all available at our Vanderhoof Agro Centre.

Alfalfa (Medicago sativa)                 

**A Versatile Legume:**
Alfalfa, dubbed the "queen of forages," is a legume with a rich history spanning thousands of years. Its deep roots enhance soil health by fixing nitrogen, thus benefiting surrounding plants and promoting a more sustainable agricultural system. This resilient crop is a favorite among farmers for its high protein content, making it a valuable component in livestock feed and an excellent choice for cover cropping to prevent erosion.

**Nutrient-Rich and Drought-Tolerant:**
Notably, Alfalfa is nutrient-dense, containing vitamins like A, C, E, and K, along with minerals such as calcium and magnesium. Its deep-reaching roots allow it to withstand drought conditions, making it an essential crop in regions prone to aridity.

 Alsike Clover (Trifolium hybridum)

**Aiding Pastures and Pollinators:**
Alsike Clover is a versatile legume often used in pasture mixes for its ability to thrive in damp soils. It not only contributes to forage quality but also supports pollinators, attracting bees and other beneficial insects with its nectar-rich flowers. Additionally, it has been recognized for its potential in soil improvement due to its nitrogen-fixing capabilities.

Birds Foot Trefoil (Lotus corniculatus)

**Ecological Champion:**
Birds Foot Trefoil, characterized by its vibrant yellow flowers, is a boon to ecosystems. Its ability to grow in poor soils, coupled with its nitrogen-fixing properties, aids in soil fertility and restoration. Moreover, its nectar-filled blooms attract butterflies and bees, enhancing biodiversity.

Cicer Milkvetch (Astragalus cicer)

**Erosion Fighter and Livestock Forage:**
Cicer Milkvetch, with its deep taproot system, helps control erosion by stabilizing soil and preventing nutrient runoff. Its nutritional value makes it an excellent choice for livestock forage, providing a protein-rich diet for grazing animals.

Creeping Red Fescue (Festuca rubra) 

**Resilient Ground Cover:**
Creeping Red Fescue, a cool-season grass, is known for its adaptability and tolerance to shade and drought. Its spreading growth habit makes it an ideal choice for erosion control on slopes and in areas with poor soil conditions. Additionally, it contributes to the lushness of lawns and turf in mixtures with other grass species.

Crested Wheatgrass (Agropyron cristatum)

**Erosion Fighter and Forage Crop:**
Crested Wheatgrass is renowned for its exceptional ability to combat soil erosion due to its deep root system, making it an excellent choice for stabilizing disturbed areas. As a forage crop, it provides nutritious feed for livestock in both grazing and hay production.

Crimson Clover (Trifolium incarnatum)

**Soil Enricher and Pollinator Magnet:**
Crimson Clover, characterized by its vibrant red blooms, enriches soil fertility by fixing atmospheric nitrogen. It's often used as a cover crop, adding organic matter to the soil when plowed under, and serves as a valuable forage crop. Moreover, its nectar-rich flowers attract pollinators, contributing to biodiversity.

Duhurian Wildrye (Elymus teres)

**Adaptability and Erosion Control:**
Duhurian Wildrye, also known as Chihuahuan Wildrye, native to the southwestern United States, exhibits exceptional adaptability to various soil types and climates. Its deep roots aid in erosion control, making it a valuable component in land restoration and reclamation projects.

Forage Type Tall Rescue (Festuca arundinacea) 

**High-Quality Forage and Soil Stabilizer:**
Forage Type Tall Rescue, known for its high-quality forage, is a popular choice among farmers for its ability to endure grazing and provide abundant feed for livestock. Additionally, its strong, fibrous root system helps stabilize soil on slopes and prevents erosion.

Hairy Vetch (Vicia villosa)       

**Nitrogen Fixation and Soil Improvement:**
Hairy Vetch, a leguminous cover crop, contributes significantly to soil health by fixing atmospheric nitrogen, reducing the need for synthetic fertilizers. Its sprawling growth habit helps suppress weeds, making it a beneficial addition to crop rotation systems.

Kale (Brassica oleracea var. acephala)

**Nutrient-Rich Crop and Garden Favorite:**
Kale, a member of the cabbage family, is celebrated for its nutrient density, boasting high levels of vitamins, antioxidants, and minerals. Its popularity in gardens and as a nutritious food source has surged in recent years due to its health benefits.

Kentucky Bluegrass (Poa pratensis)

**Lush Turf and Erosion Control:**
Kentucky Bluegrass is a popular choice for lawns and turf due to its lush, fine texture and ability to form dense, uniform carpets. Its rhizomatous growth helps in erosion control and makes it resilient in high-traffic areas.

Meadow Brome (Bromus riparius)

**Pasture Grass and Soil Stabilizer:**
Meadow Brome, with its strong root system, stabilizes soil and provides good-quality forage for grazing animals.

Orchard Grass (Dactylis glomerata)

**High-Quality Forage and Erosion Control:**
Orchard Grass is highly nutritious and valued as forage for livestock. Its dense root system also aids in erosion control.

Perennial Ryegrass (Lolium perenne)

**Turfgrass and Forage Crop:**
Perennial Ryegrass is favored for its rapid establishment and lush appearance, making it a common choice for lawns, turf, and as a forage crop for livestock.

Purple Top Turnip (Brassica rapa)

**Forage Crop and Soil Enhancer:**
Purple Top Turnip is a versatile crop, serving as forage for livestock and contributing to soil improvement by breaking up compacted soil and adding organic matter.

Radish (Raphanus sativus)

**Soil Aeration and Cover Crop:**
Radish, when used as a cover crop, contributes to soil improvement by penetrating deep into the ground, breaking compacted soil, and scavenging nutrients.

Red Clover (Trifolium pratense)

**Soil Improvement and Forage Crop:**
Red Clover is a well-regarded cover crop due to its nitrogen-fixing properties, enhancing soil fertility. It's also utilized as a forage crop for livestock and has value as a pollinator-friendly plant.

Sheep Fescue (Festuca ovina)

**Fine-textured Grass and Erosion Control:**
Sheep Fescue, known for its fine texture and tolerance to shade, is often used in landscaping and erosion control projects due to its ability to form dense tufts, preventing soil erosion.

Smooth Brome (Bromus inermis)

**Erosion Control and Forage Production:**
Smooth Brome is renowned for its rapid growth and dense root system, making it a preferred choice for erosion control. Its nutritional value also makes it a significant forage option for livestock.

Sweet Clover (Melilotus spp.)

**Nitrogen Fixation and Forage Crop:**
Sweet Clover is prized for its ability to fix atmospheric nitrogen, enriching the soil for subsequent crops. It serves as a valuable forage crop for livestock, offering high-quality hay and grazing options.

Tetraploid Annual Ryegrass (Lolium multiflorum)

**Quick Growth and Forage Crop:**
Tetraploid Annual Ryegrass grows rapidly, providing a quick source of forage for livestock and is often used in temporary pasture systems.

Timothy Hay (Phleum pratense)

**Nutrient-Dense Forage Crop:**
Timothy Hay is esteemed for its nutritional value and palatability as a forage crop for horses and other livestock.

White Clover (Trifolium repens)

**Nitrogen Fixation and Forage Crop:**
White Clover is a valuable companion plant, fixing nitrogen in the soil, enhancing its fertility, and serving as a forage crop for livestock.

Seed Selection Varies at each Agro Centre, so if you have any questions at all please reach out

Vanderhoof Agro Centre

1 (250) 567-4225

or Toll Free at

1 (888) 646-6757

Quesnel Agro and Convenience Store

1 (250) 992-7274

or Toll Free at

1 (888) 992 -2667

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