Ryegrass

Ryegrass

Secale cereale

 

Know in the States as Winter Rye.

 

  • Can be grown in areas with lower fertility and temperature.  

  • Very popular autumn-sown crop.

  • More winter hardy than other cereals.  

  • Tolerates temperatures 0.5 degrees C


 

Great to be used in autumn-sown cover crop.

  • Can increase microbiological activity and generally improve soil tilth

  • It’s inexpensive, readily available, easy to sow and grow, and easy to till under. 

  • Produces more dry matter in the spring than other cereal grains and its extended, deep roots have a beneficial effect on tilth. 

  • The prolific root system enables Ryecorn to withstand drought better than other cereal grains. 

  • Winter rye cover crops grow in low fertility soil better than other grains.

  • Growing Ryecorn as a cover crop is an excellent choice. 

 

Growing Ryecorn grass as a cover crop is simple. 

  • It thrives in well-draining loamy soil but is also tolerant of heavy clay or sandy soil. 

  •  Preferred pH for growing winter rye is 5.0-7.0, but it is unfussy and will grow in the range of 4.5-8.0.  

  • Ryecorn cover crops are sown in early to late autumn near the first light frost. This is to assure a good amount of groundcover to protect against winter soil erosion; a high seeding rate is used.

  • Do not sow Ryecorn more than 5 cm deep. 

  • Ryecorn rarely needs any additional fertilizer, as it uptakes nitrogen in residual soil when it follows other crops that have been fertilized with nitrogen.