• Fast Facts

    Very hardy. Germinates down to 34 deg.

    Versatile. Fits into many cropping programs.

    Tolerant of diverse soil conditions.

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    Cereal rye is one of the most versatile cover crops. It’s hardiness and wide planting window make it well suited for many conditions. weed suppression with its amazingly quick spring growth. It also works great in mixes with legumes- providing them a platform to climb upward. Cereal rye is a great option for beginning cover croppers.

    Type: Nutrient Scavenger (Grass)

    Planting Timing:  Aug. 15- Nov. 15

    Seeding Rate:

    • Precision: 35 lb/ac
    • Drill: 40 -50 lb/ac
    • Broadcast: 55 -55 lb/ac

    Seeds/lb: ~18,000

    Planting Depth:  1 – 1.5 in

Benefits of Cereal Rye

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

Topsoil: Excellent
Subsoil: Good

Erosion Control: Excellent
Residue Decomposition: Slow
Weed Suppression: Excellent
Grazing: Excellent
Forage Value: Good
Attracts Beneficial Insects: Poor


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