Annual Ryegrass

  • Fast Facts

    Deep Rooting. Infiltrates compaction.

    Great in mixes.

    Scavenges & traps residual nutrients for following cash crop.

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    Annual Ryegrass is one of the best cover crops.  Although it has gotten some bad press due to mismanagement, when proper protocol is followed it is easily controlled in spring.   Annual Ryegrass has an aggressive root system that penetrates compaction and provides new channels for cash crop roots to reach water and nutrients. Significant yield increases are common with the use of Annual Ryegass.

    Type: Nutrient Scavenger (Grass)

    Planting Timing:  3-10 weeks before killing frost

    Seeding Rate:

    • Precision: 8
    • Drill: 10
    • Broadcast: 15

    Planting Depth:  ¼- ½ in.

Benefits of Annual Ryegrass

Nitrogen Fixer: n/a
Nutrient Scavenger: Excellent
Soil Builder: Excellent
Compaction Relief

Topsoil: Excellent
Subsoil: Excellent

Erosion Control: Excellent
Residue Decomposition: Moderate
Weed Suppression: Fair
Grazing: Excellent
Forage Value: Fair
Attracts Beneficial Insects: Poor


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