Arkansas Valley
Supplying the highest quality seed with integrity, while building long lasting customer relationships since 1945.

About Arkansas Valley Seed


In 1945 Arkansas Valley Seed began a tradition of bringing high quality seed to the Western United States with integrity and the highest degree of customer service. Our customers have come to know that although products and people change, Arkansas Valley Seed will be reliable for a wide variety of seed needs. We intend to continue to provide quality seed at fair prices, as well as continue to improve all areas of customer service. From a friendly hello to our high quality product, Arkansas Valley Seed strives to provide personalized service for all the unique and ever changing demands in the seed world. As we move forward, however, we promise not to leave behind the time honored commitment to quality that our philosophy embodies. So, let us extend a heart felt thank you to those who already make Arkansas Valley Seed their all-purpose seed source. For those considering us for the first time, we look forward to new friendships and to forging life-long partnerships.


Bob Appleman founded Arkansas Valley Seed in Rocky Ford, Colorado. He named the company after the beautiful Arkansas River Valley in Southeast Colorado. Under his leadership, our Rabbit Ears® logo, named for Rabbit Ears Pass near Steamboat Springs, Colorado, came to symbolize quality and value.

Today Arkansas Valley Seed, with its seed partner, have two locations and a strong distribution network throughout the West. We provide very prompt mixing far beyond the boundaries of Rabbit Ears Pass to the north and the Arkansas Valley to the south.


We deliver VALUE to our customers:
  • By staying current with all market conditions and carrying a wide selection of products to meet consumer demand.
  • By providing technical assistance and advice to assure that customers use the right amount of quality seed to meet their job specifications.
  • By providing on-site consultation and grass identification.
  • By being able to mix promptly, recognizing the value of our customers’ time and keeping them productive.
  • By offering Certifications of Compliance by request for any job – large or small.
  • And, by being Customer Service Oriented!


Arkansas Valley Seed is able to dedicate one mixer solely to the blending of sod quality Kentucky bluegrass to prevent contamination of other species. Two additional pasture & native mixers are committed to the production of both custom mixtures as well as stock mixes. As a result, we can get your mixes to you faster than anyone else without sacrificing quality. Arkansas Valley Seed can also handle your private label seed needs with our precision small bag packaging line. To provide these elite services, we are well-staffed to maximize efficiency. At every level, we are doing what it takes to make the customer's experience more rewarding.


The applications of seed are nearly as diverse as the available varieties. For this reason, Arkansas Valley Seed maintains a diverse inventory and detailed knowledge of the requirements of the various demands on performance.

Native Grass and Reclamation Seed Products

  • Warm season grasses, cool season grasses, wetland species, wildflowers, forbs and shrubs.
  • Most mixes are sold under the Rabbit Ears® brand.

Arkansas Valley Seed is a major supplier to governmental agencies for reclamation of the ravages of forest fires and for range management. The landscape and reclamation business also includes highway construction, mines, pipelines, other major projects and smaller residential jobs.

Forage, Alfalfa and Small Grain Seed Products

  • Arkansas Valley Seed is a key supplier of forage products, which would include pasture mixes, to farms and ranches through a dealer network from Montana and the Dakotas to New Mexico and from Nebraska to Utah.
  • Broad lineup of alfalfa products including Legacy ® brands with superior genetics as the premium products for intensively managed acres, AV alfalfa blends and public alfalfas for dryland or less managed acres.
  • Arkansas Valley Seed is also major regional marketer of wheat, oats, barley, triticale and summer annuals, which consist of sorghums and millets.

Turf Products

  • Arkansas Valley Seed provides a broad lineup of turf grasses including most major proprietary varieties and common varieties for residential lawns, sod farms, parks, golf courses and sports fields.
  • Dedicated mixer for sod quality Kentucky Bluegrass.
  • Arkansas Valley Seed also provides special packaging in 3#'s - 5#'s - 25#'s.