Grain Rye is the most winter hardy of all cereal grains, tolerating temperatures as low as 30°F once it is well established. It will germinate and grow at temperatures as low as 33°F. An excellent winter cover crop since it rapidly produces a ground cover that holds soil in place against the forces of wind and water. The roots are deep and quite extensive with a positive effect on soil as a resource to prevent compaction in annually tilled fields. Grain rye can reach a height of 4 to 5 feet tall and is very fast to establish and may produce deer feed in as little as fourteen days in ideal conditions. Preferred by deer, turkey, and rabbits. Optimum soil pH is 5.0 - 7.0, but will tolerate lower pH.
- Soil Types: Wide variety well-drained
- Seeding Rate: 90-125 lbs. per acre
- Planting Depth: 1-2 inch
- Planting Date: Aug.-Sept.