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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

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

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

Spooner Winter Rye -NEW!

Bred for Yield and Consistency

  • A tall, high-yielding variety
  • High test weight and good straw strength
  • Earlier maturing than VNS and more consistent
  • Developed by the University of Wisconsin

Wheeler Winter Rye -NEW!

Forage Variety

  • Superior forage variety with leafy growth and good winter hardiness
  • Robust fall growth and later maturity, ideal for forage or cover cropping
  • Modest grain yields
  • Excellent biomass accumulation and feed value

Brasetto Hybrid Winter Rye -NEW!

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
  • Deeper rooting, more tillering
  • Shorter with excellent lodging resistance
  • Low ergot hybrid
  • Grain harvested from hybrid rye is not recommended for cover crop seed because it is extremely variable in height and other agronomic characteristics
  • 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)

Aroostook Winter Rye -NEW!

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

Scala Winter Barley -NEW!

Malting 2-row Winter Barley

  • Excellent yield and malting qualities. 
  • 2-row winter barley specifically selected for malting
  • Brand new genetics to the upper-Midwest; we expect promising winter hardiness
  • We recommend planting before Sept 15 in MN and WI for best chance of winter survival
  • Released by KWS

Violetta Winter Barley -NEW!

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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