Frequently Asked Questions

How long has Elk Mound Seed been around?
Elk Mound Seed can be traced back to 1933 when Albert “Al” Zutter purchased the Farmers Produce Company in Chippewa Falls, WI. The Elk Mound location, then called Elk Mound Feed & Farm Supply, was opened as an expansion in 1945 when Mr. Zutter started Zutter Feed & Seed Store. The company has transformed since then, focusing primarily on seed, but has remained in the family.

What type of seed does Elk Mound Seed offer?
We are a full service seed company that offers seed corn, soybeans, alfalfa, clovers, grasses and more. Our motto is if its dirty and grows we either carry or can get it for our customers. Don’t see something on our website, call us at 800-401-7333.

Does Elk Mound Seed has sized seed corn?
We recognize the need for specific seed size requests for seed corn. However, seed size requests must be paid up front and be picked up with three weeks of notification. We cannot guarantee seed size requests in season.

What is the best time to harvest small grain mixes? Peas/Oats | Peas/Barley | Peas/Trit
Our small grains and peas mixes should be harvested at the late boot stage (a few heads showing) for lactating dairy cows and the soft dough stage (kernels start developing) for heifers, dry cows and beef cattle. Harvesting at the late boot stage will generally result in forage that is about 125-130 RFQ. Harvesting at the soft dough stage will increase tonnage but result in forage that is about 100-110 RFQ.

What is my planting rate?
Each seed has it own’s seeding rate recommendation. Additionally, seed will have a different seeding rate if broadcasted or drilled and if mixed with other seed. Check out our full sheet of seeding rates HERE. If you do not find your answer here do not hesitate to call us at 800-401-7333 or email us at sales@elkmoundseed.com.

How to Dormant Fall Seed?
Also known as “frost seeding”, dormant seeding is best used in problem areas that are not suitable for seeding in the spring and summer. Attempt dormant seeding when temperatures approach freezing and germination is unlikely.

What Does Fall Dormancy score mean in Alfalfa?

A fall dormancy score ranges from 1 to 10. The higher the number, the quicker the alfalfa will recover after a cutting during the fall months. In Northwestern Wisconsin, you should look for a score between 1-4. Aggressive alfalfa cutters would require a score closer to 4.

What is Winter Survival Rating in Alfalfa?

A winter survival rating ranges from 1 to 6. Alfalfa varieties with a score of 1 , display little or no winterkill damage and those with severe damage are given a 6 rating. In northwestern Wisconsin a winter hardiness score of 2.0 or below is best.