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Does anyone know of low cost bulk clover seeds?

 
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We need to seed in a few acres of clover and have not found any good sources that are reasonable; and, few carry true bulk quantities. Any suggestions?
 
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I got a 5 lb bag from Johnny's Selected Seed for under $40. Hancock seedhas a pretty big selection too. Also call you local farm supply store to see if they can order in a bag for you if you're thinking 25-50# (that's a LOT of clover!)
 
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I stumbled across a farm co-op, never would have found it online.
Feed stores might have what you need. Maybe a Tractor Supply?
 
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I frequent an Amish dealer that will break up 50 and 100 lb sacks of feed or seed and sell by the pound . He sells clovers , grasses , ground covers , etc. besides feed products .I paid under $3 a pound after he broke open a 100lb sack . He's back off the main road and there is just one wooden sign pointing you in his direction - cash only . Southern States is costlier option and most of their seed is pelletized . The deer plot purveyors are an option but costly also . Rural king sells deer plot supplies - clover there will run you around $8 a pound .
 
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What variety of clover? Crimson is the most expensive here at the feed store and the one that is an annual... dutch and ladino a little less. Our feed store sells all by the pound or fifty pound bags for less per pound. It might make a difference how competitive the area is...there are three feed stores in our little town and several more not so far off from here. I keep waiting for our crimson clover to take over like it does along some of the roadsides here but the deer really like it over the winter and don't leave much to go to seed.
 
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here's a list from jonny's . I've bought seed from them in the past and they've been good to do business with. Clovers

 
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You would be best getting a 50 lb bag from an ag cover crop supplier, local farm supply might be best, might be online--morgancountyseeds.com, greencoverseed.com, plantcovercrops.com, etc. all sell in 50 lb bags, but many don't have their '14 inventory online yet.

If you want to order more than 100-200 lbs, you may be cheaper splitting orders. More than that, getting freight is cheaper but there is a middle area there that multiple UPS/Fedex packages are cheaper depending on where you live.

 
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Thank you, everyone! We need at least a 50lb bag; and, possibly 100lb of dutch white or ladino white. We will need both a spring a fall clover cover. We do grow the red and the crimson as well; but, can suffice with the 5-10lb bags. Our local sources rarely even carry the 20lb bags; and, the prices are very high.
 
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I have bought and planted from outsidepride.com.
They have large and small amounts, and the best price that I have found.

Most of their clover seed comes pre-inoculated with N fixing bacteria.
 
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Thank you, Jonny. I will look into all options suggested. Any other suggestions are welcome; as clover is very useful to all, and, a list of possible sources makes a great ref. thread.
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