Have a question for Deer Creek Seed? Below are some of our most frequently asked questions and answers:
Why should I buy seed from Deer Creek?
Seed quality begins with the grower. Ask most seed suppliers if they actually grow and condition seed and, most likely, you'll find they don't. They're simply reselling seed they bought from someone else. Deer Creek Seed still grows and conditions seed - that's what seedsmen do! Our continuing stewardship of this discipline is complemented by access to improved and elite varities from breeding programs around the world. With our top-notch customer service, experienced agronomists, and access to the best growers, Deer Creek Seed is uniquely positioned to meet your all of your seed requirements.
Can I pick up my online purchase at one of your warehouses?
As of right now, free pickup from the Windsor, WI warehouse is available with online purchases.
During online checkout, select "Pick Up (Free) Windsor Warehouse, 6115 Pepsi Way, WI, 53598". After that, you will receive a confirmation email confirming we have received your order. Within 1-2 business days, you will receive another email from our team alerting you to when your order is ready for pick-up. After receiving this second email, you can stop by at any time during normal business hours, Monday through Friday 7:30 am to 4:00 pm, to pick up your seed.
Currently, you cannot pick up your online purchases at either the Ashland, WI, or Effingham, IL warehouses.
Do you allow walk-in sales at your warehouses?
Our warehouses are not currently set up or staffed to handle walk-in sales traffic. Please order your products online and all in-stock items will ship to you within two business days.
Can I place my order over the phone?
Our Customer Service Team is happy to help you place an order. However, we cannot take credit cards over the phone for the security of payment information. Payment is available to be paid in full by check and mailed to our facility. To get your order as fast as possible, we highly recommend ordering online. Payment by check has a longer lead time for an order to be delivered to your door. The order will be shipped after the check has been received, processed, and cleared.
Does Deer Creek offer free shipping?
Deer Creek Seed offers free shipping on select products. The qualifying products are 25-pound products and smaller, over a 20 pound minimum.
50-pound products are ineligible for free shipping at this time. Our shipping rates for these products are shipped at our company's discounted rates through our shipping partners.
Orders with both qualifying free shipping products and 50-pound products will have a shipping charge for only the 50-pound products.
There is an option to pick up orders from our Windsor, WI warehouse at check out. This option is currently not available and will resume in 2021.
Are the seed coating products used by Deer Creek Seed OMRI approved?
Most of the seed coatings we use are not currently OMRI approved. The exception is the Apex Green coating product used on our Fortitude Red Clover. This Apex Green is OMRI approved, click here for more details.
Does Deer Creek Seed carry any OMRI approved inoculants and, if so, what are they?
Yes, Deer Creek Seed offers the following OMRI approved inoculants:
If I can't use coated, treated, or pre-inoculated seed, what other seed options do you provide?
Many of Deer Creek Seed’s products are offered as raw seed with no inoculants or coatings added. If a seed product is coated or inoculated, it will clearly state this within the product title and overview.
I'm working with the NRCS to plant a CRP acreage. Do you make CRP, DOT, or DNR certified mixes?
Deer Creek Seed has the ability to blend certified native mixes and other custom mixes for use in various NRCS, DOT, and DNR programs in the Upper Midwest. For more information on these mixes, please email us at email@example.com. In your email, please include the number of acres you intend to plant and attach the specification sheet for your mix.
What can I plant for my backyard chickens?
Chances are if you have backyard chickens, they are likely laying hens. In this case, layers require a high protein diet and it would be best to plant clovers, alfalfas, or forage grasses.
If you are raising chickens for meat, you have broilers and likely plan to harvest them after 14-16 weeks. In this case, it would be best to plant a fast growing mix of grains.
Can I mill or process the seeds I order from Deer Creek Seed for human consumption?
No. Deer Creek Seed Co.'s seed products are not intended for human consumption directly. The seed products we carry are intended to be planted, grown, and then where appropriate, harvested as a food crop.
Can I eat, mill, or process what I harvest from the seed products I purchase from you?
The seed products purchased from Deer Creek Seed must be planted and grown to maturity, and then our edible products such as wheat or rye can be used for human consumption.
How do I get started planting a food plot?
Establishing a food plot that enables wildlife to thrive is a rewarding way to extend your hunting enthusiasm beyond the seasonal harvest. Like any other project you take pride in, a successful food plot starts with careful planning and preparation. For the basics on how to get started, click here to read our step by step guide. For more information check out our Tools and Guides page filled with tons of great information on planting food plots.
How do I make my food plots last longer?
Extending the life of food plots is a function of 1) producing more forage or 2) adding a new crop and generating fresh new forage. Proper fertilization and liming can extend the length of the growing season as well as add to the volume and quality of your crop; more food, longer. If planting a second crop, spread seed over the top of a mature field or field that is depleted. This will generate new fresh growth.
What fescue do you recommend for low maintenance, one or two mows, little water and no fertilizing?
Low-Grow Turf Mix. Low-Grow Turf Mix is a mixture of 5 fescue species that reaches about 8 inches when fully grown. This mix can get by with less maintenance if no major inputs are applied (fertilizer or water). Great for cabins, parks, or any place where low maintenance is desired. Keep in mind that you can mow Low-Grow Turf Mix if you desire, however, most people do not.