Winter Rye - Cover Crop SeedsLatin Name: Secale cereale
Other Names: Cereal Rye, Grain Rye
Planting Per Acre: 20-50 lbs
Plant Type: Annual
Hardiness Zone: 3-11
Uses: Cover Crop
Temp Preference: Wamer
Light Preference: Full Sun
Benefits: Nitrogen fixer
Planting Depth: 1/4 - 1/2 inches
Seeding Rate: ~1 lbs/1000 sq ft or 40 lbs/Acre
Winter Rye can be planted later than other winter cover crops. Winter rye can help break up muddy, clay like soil.Winter Rye is an annual in most zones, but prefers colder areas. Winter rye returns many valuable nutrients to the soil, including nitrogen. Excessive sunlight in the spring will cause the rye to flower. Rye should be planted with other legume cover crops such as Hairy Vetch, or White Dutch Clover. Cut before the seeds have set for mulch. For green manure, till into soil at any stage of growth.
NOTE: Winter Rye Cover Crop is NOT the same as Winter Rye Lawn Grass.
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