Cover Crop Seed – Kitchen Seed Company Inc.


1149 North Vine Street
P.O. Box 286 Arthur, IL 61911

US HWY 106 West
P.O. Box 28 Pittsfield, IL 62363


Brassicas & Cover Crop Seed

KSC Brassicas and Cover Crop Seed

Kitchen Seed Company offers a wide array of small seeds sure to fit into any blueprint.  Our products can help reduce compaction, reduce erosion from surface runoff, help suppress weeds, and possibly offer some grazing benefits.  These different varieties are sold by the pound making it simple to narrow down seeding rates.  For the customers benefit, we offer a few pre-mixed blends that may simplify the process.  But, we also offer our products as stand-alone products or we have the ability to mix any specific blend the customer may want.

Forage Turnips

Seven Top Forage Turnips

Bulbless with 16 inch to 22 inch greens. Root is like a small carrot that is very fibrous. Firmly anchored for minimum wastage. Bred for fast, vigorous establishment and quick maturity (60-100 days). High leaf yield and improved regrowth potential over the Seven-Top Forage Turnip. At least 16% protein in foliage. Frost resistant. Sow 3 lbs per acre. For summer grazing, plant in spring as early as possible. For extended grazing, plant early to mid-summer. Apply 40 lb nitrogen after 1st grazing. Do not graze below 5 inches.

Purple Top Turnips

Produces a 4 to 6 inch globe turnip with a bright purple crown and white base. Turnip has a sweet flavor. Semi-erect prolific greens provide good forage. 50 day maturity. Sow 3 lbs per acre, April to October.

Forage Turnips

Austrian Winter Peas

  • Good nitrogen-fixing capabilities
  • Can fix over 200 pounds of nitrogen per acre per year under good conditions
  • Cool-season legume
  • Hollow, slender and succulent stems
  • Low-growing, viney plant

Impact Forage Collards

  • Excellent for early summer through winter grazing
  • High forage/biomass production
  • Drought tolerant
  • Reduces soil erosion
  • Breaks up soil compaction
  • Builds organic matter
  • Nutrient recycling
  • Biofumigant
  • Weed suppression

Eco-Till Radish

  • Superior, deep penetrating taproot
  • Reduces soil compaction
  • Builds organic matter
  • Improves nutrient recycling
  • Excellent weed suppression
  • Enhances soil tilth


  • Quick establishment
  • High forage yield
  • Excellent palatability
  • Great disease resistance
  • Good transition back to warm-season grasses

Dixie Crimson Clover

  • Adapted to low fertility soils with adequate drainage
  • Excellent for reduced-tillage farming systems
  • Great winter cover crop in annual rotations

Hairy Vetch

  • Ability to fix large quantities of nitrogen
  • Excellent cover crop that produces high biomass
  • Winterhardy
  • Provides a weed suppressing mulch for no-till corn and other crops


  • Easy to grow and control
  • Excellent for grazing
  • High silage value
  • Excellent weed suppression
  • Quickly established cover crop
  • Outstanding erosion control
  • Excellent winter survival

Winter Rye Grain (Cereal Rye)

  • Fall planted, winterhardy species
  • Deep root penetration
  • Captures high levels of nitrogen and other nutrients
  • Reduces soil compaction
  • Late fall and early spring grazing as well as spring silage or hay

Winter Barley

  •  Fall planted, winter hardy 
  • Violetta and Calypso varieties
  • Friendly relationship with future crops
  • Sod based type root structure to slow soil erosion
  • Early spring green up
  • Excellent as a companion crop or alone
  • Grain harvest mid-June 
  • Above average feed quality if grazed or post harvest feeding