Albert Lea Seed

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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. Winter triticale has excellent forage yield and quality while winter barley yields high quality grain for animal feed.
Triticale Agronomic Basics
Winter Rye Agronomic Basics

KWS Brasetto Hybrid Winter Rye

Hybrid Grain Variety

  • Extremely high-yielding, low-input hybridized winter rye
  • Will commonly yield 30-90 bushels more than common VNS varieties
  • Uniform height & maturity
  • Shorter with excellent lodging resistance
  • Low ergot hybrid
  • Plant on productive soils for optimum yield
  • Sold by the 50 lb unit (12,600 - 12,800 seeds/lb)
  • Recommended seeding rate is 800,000-1,000,000 seeds/acre (70-80 lbs/acre)
  • All grain produced from this hybrid must be sold for milling, distilling or animal feed. Seed of this hybrid cannot be saved for seed & re-planting or sold for planting.

KWS Bono Hybrid Winter Rye -NEW!

Yield Leader


  • New Hybrid Winter Rye from KWS
  • Excellent yield potential; yielded 10 bu/acre better than Brasetto in UMN testing
  • Hybrid winter rye consistently yields 50-100% more than VNS winter rye
  • Lowered incidence of ergot due to consistent pollination
  • Excellent drought stress tolerance; better than Brasetto on shallow, sandy or poorer soils
  • Good disease resistance
  • License required before seed can be delivered
  • All grain produced from this hybrid must be sold for milling, distilling, or used for animal feed. Seed of this hybrid cannot be saved for seed and re-planted or sold for planting

ND Dylan Winter Rye -NEW!

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.

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

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

Fridge Winter Triticale

Awnless Forage Variety

  • Tall winter triticale with excellent forage quality
  • Vigorous early growth and development
  • Strong straw strength
  • Dark green leafy foliage and reduced number/legnth of awns widens the harvest window
  • Excellent winter survival

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

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
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