Nurse Crops

Regreen

Regreen, a wheat x wheatgrass hybrid, produces a sterile plant. After it dies out it does not leave a new generation of plants behind to compete with the slower growing perennial species. A highly versatile temporary cover crop, Regreen can be planted in either the spring or fall in most climates.

A large seed allows Regreen to germinate quickly and get one step ahead of any potential weeds. A dense, fibrous root system enhances Regreen’s ability to stabilize the soil surface and provide vigorous seedlings. A deep root system also allows the plant to be drought tolerant, winterhardy and adaptable to varying soil and moisture conditions. With characteristics from both parents, wheat and wheatgrass, Regreen is ideal for aiding in the establishment of costly native plant communities. This long-lived annual plant will survive in a variety of soil types and environmental conditions. If your objective calls for a nurse crop, Regreen is your answer!

Oats

Used in spring plantings to establish quick cover for slower germinating species. Oats generally has better straw strength than other cover crops making it a better choice.

Barley

Used in spring plantings to establish quick cover for slower germinating species. Since barley has more salt tolerance than other cover crops it is proffered for saline areas.

Winter Wheat

Used in fall plantings to establish quick cover for slower germinating species. Winter Wheat offers cover in the fall, is dormant over winter and regrows in the spring to keep cover the following season.

Winter Rye

Used in the fall to establish quick cover for fall and to maintain cover the following spring after breaking dormancy. Winter Rye has superior straw strength and more winter hardiness than most winter wheat so it can be used in harsher environments to allow for establishment of slower germinating species.