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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

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

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

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 -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.

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

Dolaro Hybrid Winter Rye -NEW!

Robust Hybrid Rye

  • A short plant with good lodging resistance
  • Very good disease resistance
  • Cannot save seed, requires signed license agreement

Calypso Winter Barley -NEW!

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
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