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Rye, Triticale & Other Winter Grains

Fall-seeded winter grains eliminate the uncertainty of timely spring seeding (especially on wetter ground). Their use also frees up more time in the spring to work on other farming operations. Moreover, winter grains provide excellent cover to prevent winter and spring soil erosion. Winter rye is most commonly used as a cover crop and animal forage. In fact, studies show that hogs benefit from having winter rye included in their feed rations. Winter triticale has excellent forage yield and quality while winter barley yields high quality grain for animal feed.

Benefits of Feeding Rye to Hogs

Triticale Agronomic Basics

Winter Rye Agronomic Basics

NE426GT Winter Triticale

Dual-Purpose, Low-Ergot

  • A cross between winter wheat and winter rye
  • Primary use as an annual grain or forage crop
  • Superior to most of the other small grains as a livestock feed
  • Should be cut before it heads out for best forage quality
  • Low ergot variety for grain or forage
  • Awned variety

Winter Rye*

Common Winter Rye

  • Variety Not Stated Winter Rye
  • Grown in the Upper-Midwest/Canada
  • Excellent Winter Hardiness
  • Vigorous growth
  • Excellent Late Fall/Early Spring Forage & Cover Crop Option
  • Will grow on all soil types including low fertility, shallow, sandy, or wet soils

VNS Winter Triticale*

Economical Forage Option

  • Combines high yield potential, grain quality, and disease resistance of wheat with the winter hardiness and low fertility requirements of rye
  • Economical choice for forage
  • Should be cut or chopped before it heads out for best forage quality
  • Triticale should be drilled ½-1½ in. deep
  • Seed 100-120 lbs/acre for maximum forage

KWS Brasetto Hybrid Winter Rye

Hybrid Grain Variety

  • Dramatically higher grain yields than common varieties
  • Very good standing, good standing to fusarium
  • Low ergot, superior grain quality for milling, distilling, or feed
  • Seed at 65 - 80 lbs/acre maximum
  • Cannot save seed, requires signed license agreement on file

Aroostook Winter Rye

No-Till Cover Crop Variety

  • Specially selected Winter Rye variety by the USDA in Beltsville, MD
  • Cover crop variety with good winterhardiness for Northern areas
  • Excellent for use as a cover crop after full season crops and for use in no-till rotations with a roller crimper
  • Good spring recovery and early season vigor
  • Very tall variety, early maturity

LCS Violetta Winter Barley

Excellent Malting Quality

  • Bred for superior malt quality, earliness, short height and disease resistance
  • 2-row winter barley specifically selected for malting
  • We recommend planting before Sept 15 in MN and WI for best chance of winter survival
  • Released by Limagrain
  • Requires signed license agreement on file

ND Dylan Winter Rye

Superior Grain Rye

  • NDSU release with outstanding grain yield and winter hardiness
  • Excellent standability and heavy test weight grain
  • Tall growing; medium-late maturity
  • Good field results from 2017 harvest
  • ND Dylan is protected under the U.S. Plant Variety Protection Act. Seed of ND Dylan can only be sold as a class of certified seed.

KWS Bono Hybrid Winter Rye

Yield Leader

  • Highest yields by University of Minnesota in 2016 and 2017
  • Excellent drought tolerance - best dryland variety
  • Very large, deep root system
  • Cannot save seed, requires signed license agreement

LCS Calypso Winter Barley

Early 2-row Winter Barley

  • An early two-row malting barley with high yield potential
  • Very good winter hardiness
  • Excellent tillering with medium plant height
  • Good standability
  • Requires signed license agreement on file

Hazlet Winter Rye

  • Shorter plant height
  • Good standing
  • Improved yields and test weight
  • Unlicensed variety 

Rocket Winter Triticale

  • Awnletted variety (small awns)
  • Early maturing
  • Good for double cropping
  • Excellent for silage, green chop, grazing, or cover cropping

KWS Progas Hybrid Winter Rye

Superior Forage

  • More milk per acre! In a 2017 UW Extension trial, KWS Progas Hybrid Rye produced 4,400 more pounds/acre of milk than Trical, a forage-type triticale
  • Forage type for silage or grazing
  • Tall, very high dry matter yields
  • More tons and milk/acre than triticale
  • Apply 100-120 lbs N per acre
  • Whole plant silage
  • Harvest at milk stage for best balance of quality and yield
  • Very early heading: consider for roll-down rye


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