Rye

Species: Rye (Secale cereale L.)
Cultivars: Elbon Rye
Origin: Europe
Use: Grazing, hay
Description:
General:

Life Span:

3-4 feet tall, bunchgrass, auricles present and usually pubescent, leaves blue-green color
Annual
Adaptation:
pH:
Soil:
Rainfall:
Temperature:
5.2-7.5
Sandy-loam, clay-loam.
15-50 inches.
-43ยบ F (minimum).
Management:
Seeding Rate:
Planting Date:
Planting Depth:
Seed Cost:
Season of Use:
Production:
General:
90-100 lb PLS/A
September-October
1 inch
$10-12/A
December-April
4000-6000 lb/A
Most cold tolerant;
Produces more winter forage than other small grains.
Notes:
  • Often mixed with other small grains to extend the grazing season.
  • If it is a mild winter it will head out early (Feb-Mar) if not harvested timely (before it heads out) the quality of hay drops significantly.

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