Cereal Rye

Variety Star Seed
Planting Rate 60-120 LBS per Acre
Plant Height 4' to 6' tall
Seed Count 18,000 Seeds per LB
Botanical Name Secale cereale
Life Cycle Annual
Environment Full Sun to Partial Shade
Grazing Value Excellent


Cereal Rye


Cereal Rye is the most winter hardy cereal and it is most productive during the winter and its best use is for winter pasture and soil improvement. It is very beneficial as a cover crop prior to soybeans.


  • Contains compounds that are toxic to many weed species including pigweeds and Marestail
  • These same toxins are also inhibitory to sorghum however
  • Cereal rye should not be used as a cover crop prior to sorghum
  • Perhaps a bad word in a wheat producing area, rye does bring some positive factors to the cover crop and forage world
  • A winter hardy, productive cool season grass, rye brings some allelopethic affects for weed control benefits
  • Although not as high in feed quality as triticale or wheat, rye does produce good tonnage for forage use


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