Waterhouse Seeds Ltd. is a family farm located in Naicam, Saskatchewan owned by myself, Gary, along with my wife Janice, and our two children.
At Waterhouse Seeds, we grow alfalfa seed and grass seed. In between the years of grass and alfalfa, I rotate cereals in as well. Several years ago, we built our own seed plant so now there is no middleman between our farm and the cattle producer who grows the hay or pasture. Consequently, we can sell our seed for a lower price and pass on the savings to the farmer.
We have sold seed to many farmers over Western Canada who will tell you they have had very good results using our seed - we always do our best to satisfy our customers. We clean all our seed to the highest standards because it is important to us to provide top quality seed.
Our cost structure is significantly lower than large retail seed dealers.
We have lower overhead costs as we grow a large portion of the seed, we have our own seed plant and we spend the winter going to trade shows and marketing our seeds. We do our best to pass on the savings to our customers. We are always available to discuss the unique problems and issues that you face with your forage decisions.
The price quoted is Pre-innoculated and there are delivery options available.
Some possible options for the alfalfa portion of the blend could be:
Up to 80% of my Waterhouse blend of alfalfa which has great stand ability, excellent regrowth and is one of the leafiest alfalfas on the market. This is a tap rooted alfalfa and is the variety that always sells out first. The winter hardiness of this alfalfa is excellent - we have rolling clay and sand hills and it can get very windblown and bare some winters. We have seen very little damage to winter kill over the years.
I would suggest mixing in about 20% creeping root variety which would fill in any bare areas. This variety has a deeper crown to withstand more traffic and is very winter hardy. It is also one of the more productive varieties and should provide good 2nd cuts if the moisture if sufficient.
For the hay portion of blends, you can go with either smooth brome (for hay fields) or meadow brome for pasture blends. We have certified or common and coated or bare seed available. We have all varieties of other grasses like timothy or orchard grass, as well.
Common Creeping Root Varieties
Special Varieties of Alfalfa
Common Tap Rooted Varieties
Meadow Brome - Certified
Crested Wheat Grass
Kentucky Blue Grass
Other Grasses Available
Yellow Blossom Sweet Clover
Here is one of the most common hay blends in Western Canada. It provides the rich Alfalfa nutrients and excellent forage while the taller growth of Smooth Brome makes it easier to hay.
Alfalfa (3 way blend of our best Alfalfas) 70%
Smooth Brome 30%
0 to 15%
5 to 20%
(for pasture or hay)
20 to 30 %
20 to 30 %
20 to 30 %
10 to 20 %
This blend tolerates alkali very well and will produce excellent quality forage. It can tolerate some spring flooding but does not tolerate waterlogged soils.
Russian Wild Rye
Contact us with any questions you may have.
Waterhouse Seeds Ltd.