Ryecorn

Ryecorn

Secale cereale

 

Know in the United States as Winter Rye. 

 

Growing rye corn grass as a cover crop is an excellent choice. Ryecorn cover crops are sown in early to late autumn at about the time of the first light frost—this insurances a right amount of groundcover to protect soil against winter erosion.

 

Pros

  • the autumn-sown crop is more winter hardy than other cereals

  • can tolerate temperatures 0.5 degrees Celsius

  • great to be used in an autumn-sown cover crop 

  • increases microbiological activity and generally improve soil condition

  •  prolific root system enables rye corn to withstand drought better than other cereal grains

  • grows in low fertility soil compared to other grains - rarely needs any additional fertilizer, as it uptakes nitrogen in residual soil when following other crops

  • thrives in well-draining loamy soil and is tolerant of heavy clay or sandy soil too 

  • its long, deep roots have a beneficial effect on the soil.

  •  in the spring produces more dry matter than other cereal grains

  • ideal pH 5.0-7.0, but will grow in the range of 4.5-8.0

  • the seed is inexpensive, readily available, easy to sow and grow, 

 

Sowing 

  • less than 5cm deep

  • use a high seeding rate