Organic Winter Rye

  • Most common and most hardy fall-seeded cover crop in northern climates
  • Competes heavily with weeds; quality forage/green manure in spring
  • Excellent feed value as late-season forage with protein levels up to 18%
  • Organic winter rye seeds are well adapted to all soil types including low fertility, acidic, or sandy soils
  • Can plant late into fall (until first snow) but performs best when seeded at least six weeks before freeze up
  • Germinates down to 35°F soil temps
  • Can suppress germination of following crops (especially small seeded grasses)
  • Allow terminated rye to decompose for 7-10 days prior to seeding following crop
  • Heavy N and water usage in spring
  • Terminate early if spring drought is forecast

$22.50 / 50lb Bag

Quantity Price
1 - 5 $22.50
6 - 39 $18.50
40+ $17.50
Organic Winter Rye
Performance Table
Species NameDrilledBroadcast/AerialIn MixApprox. Seeds/lbSeeding Date RangeSeeding DepthWinter Kill
Organic Winter Rye50-100120-15025-7518,000Aug-Nov½ - ¾ inchNo
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Organic Blue River 225 Brand BMR Sorghum-Sudangrass
Organic Japanese Millet25-3535-505-15145,000Late May-July½ - 1 inchYes
Organic Cover Crop Oats
Organic Annual Ryegrass15-2025-304-5227,000Mar-May, Aug-Sept¼ - ½

Seeding Rates for Small Grains 2023


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