Cereal Rye Cover Crop Plant

Cereal Rye has one of the lowest germination temperatures (around 34°F), making it the most winter-hardy cover crop and one of the best choices for later seeding dates.

Its relatively deep, fibrous roots scavenge nutrients lower in the soil profile and redistribute them closer to the surface. These roots also prevent erosion and aid in building soil organic matter. Performing well on most soil types, cereal rye has a wide window in terms of seeding dates and rates. One of the best crops for weed suppression due to its quick, rapid growth and allelopathic effects, cereal rye is particularly effective on winter annuals including marestail. Cereal rye can be an excellent component for a cattle forage system, either for grazing or harvesting due to its fast and early spring growth although care needs to be taken for a timely harvest to ensure good quality.

Cereal rye is easy to establish in the fall and breaks dormancy early in the spring. When seeded ahead of soybeans, it can be mixed with rapeseed, radish, or other brassicas to enhance overall cover crop benefits. When seeded ahead of soybeans, there is good evidence of reducing white mold and soybean cyst nematode. When planting ahead of corn, additional management is required to avoid tying up too much nitrogen that could result in a yield loss. Yield loss can be reduced by mixing with other species such as oats, legumes, and brassicas.

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Key Benefits

  • Easy to Establish

  • Multiple Termination Methods

  • Allelopathic Effect on Weeds

  • Scavenge Nitrogen

  • Weed Suppression

Herbicides To Avoid

Corn

Soybean

Technical Information

Erosion Control
Forage Quality
Nutrient Scavenging
Quick Growth
Soil Building
Weed Suppression
Winter Hardiness
Nitrogen Produced
Seeding Rate LBS/A Drilled: 50 – 60
Broadcast: 60 – 75
Aerial: 75 – 90
Seeding Depth ¾ – 2″
Minimum Germination Temperature 34° F
Interseed Late
Seeds/LB 16,000 – 20,000
Seeding rate can be increased for forage production. Consult with your Bio Till representative.

Technical Information

Erosion Control
Forage Quality
Nutrient Scavenging
Quick Growth
Soil Building
Weed Suppression
Winter Hardiness
Nitrogen Produced
Seeding Rate

LBS/A

Drilled: 50 – 60
Broadcast: 60 – 75
Aerial: 75 – 90
Seeding Depth ¾ – 2″
Min. Germ. F° 34° F
Interseed Late
Seeds/LB 16,000 – 20,000
Seeding rate can be increased for forage production. Consult with your Bio Till representative.