Winter Rye

Secale cereal
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Winter rye, also referred to as cereal rye, is a very hardy and vigorous small grain planted in the fall. Winter rye is an excellent selection for cover cropping, forage, or in wildlife plantings. It is widely adapted across the United States and can be grown under a broad range of conditions. With its quick germination, ground cover, and ability to be planted much later than other species, winter rye is a favorite among cover croppers and forage producers. It is frequently planted in the fall for forage harvest the following spring. Because winter rye is cold hardy, its foliage remains green well into early winter and serves as a great deer food plot attractant.

Supported Species Cattle, Hogs, Poultry, Goats, Deer, Upland Game Birds
Primary Usage Silage, Pasture, Grain, Wildlife, Cover Crop, Erosion Control, Nurse Crop, Emergency Forage


Sun Requirement Full Sun, Part Sun/Shade
Soil Preference Well Drained, Moderately Drained
Soil pH 5.8-7.0
Days to Maturity Winter Annual - 65-75 Day in Spring
Height when mature 40-50 inches

Perform a soil test for exact recommendations.

Planting Dates

Northern Zone Mid/Late Summer
Early/Mid/Late Fall
Transitional Zone Mid/Late Summer
Early/Mid/Late Fall
Early/Mid Winter
Southern Zone Early/Mid Fall
Mid/Late Fall
Early/Mid Winter

Planting Requirements

Planting Depth 1-2 inches
Seeding Rate

50-100 lbs./acre

Northern Zone -60 To -10 F
-50 To -23 C
Transitional Zone -10 To 20 F
-23 To -6 C
Southern Zone 20 To 70 F
-6 To 21 C

How To Plant

    Planting Requirements

    Planting Depth 1-2 inches
    Seeding Rate

    50-100 lbs./acre

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