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%
  • 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
  • Call for semi load pricing. Available as 50lb bag, 2000lb totes, or bulk.

$19.00 / 50lb Bag

Quantity Price
1 - 5 $19.00
6 - 39 $15.00
40+ $14.00
Winter Rye
Performance Table
VarietyWinter HardinessMaturityPlant HtStraw StrengthErgotTest Wt.Grain Protein2023 Yield (bu/A)Avg Yield 3 yrs (bu/A)
Winter Rye50-10012015025-7518,000Aug-Nov½ - ¾ inchNo
Winter Rye1VariesVariesVariesVariesVariesVariesIDID
Organic Aroostook Winter Rye1EarlyTall9442IDID
Aroostook Winter Rye1EarlyTall9442IDID
ND Gardner Winter Rye3EarlyVery Tall539274.365
Organic ND Gardner Winter Rye3EarlyVery Talll539274.365
Danko Winter Rye1MedMed231782.780.1
Organic Danko Winter Rye1MedMed231782.780.1
Hazlet Winter Rye2LateTall612685.578.5
Organic Hazlet Winter Rye2LateTall612685.578.5
CoverMax Winter Rye1NAMed2NANANANANA
Organic CoverMax Winter Rye1NAMed2NANANANANA
KWS Tayo Hybrid Rye2LateShort1149119100
Organic KWS Tayo Hybrid Rye2LateShort1149119100
KWS Receptor Hybrid Rye2Very LateShort2ID29116109
KWS Serafino Hybrid Winter Rye2LateShort1129115111
KWS Progas Hybrid Rye2LateMed2NANANANANA
KWS ProPower Hybrid Rye2LateMed2NANANANANA

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