INTEGRATE HYBRID RYE INTO YOUR CASH-CROP ROTATION
Four upcoming field days in Iowa, Minnesota, and Wisconsin will showcase the power of hybrid winter rye for feed, forage, and food/distillation markets.
The Hybrid Rye Field Days will demonstrate how farmers can integrate hybrid rye into their cash-crop rotations as a third crop with triple the yield potential of traditional rye varieties. Traditional winter rye yields 30 – 60 bushels per acre, but hybrid rye varieties can yield three times more than open-pollinated varieties. It is not uncommon to hear reports of 100 – 140 bushels per acre yields on hybrid rye.
With its low input management, hybrid rye is a crop that lets farmers spread our their workload. It’s planted after corn harvest (when most fall field work is already completed) using their existing seed drills or Brillion seeders. It’s then harvested in July or August – typically “slower” periods for crop farmers – which even allows enough time to establish another cover crop in the rye stubble.
KWS, who developed a line of high-yielding hybrid rye varieties, is teaming up with Albert Lea Seed for four local hybrid rye producers for a series of on-farm days to describe the basics of growing hybrid rye, finding markets, and feeding livestock with small grains.