Secale cereale (cereal rye)
Triticum aestivum (winter wheat)
X Tritisecale (triticale)
Type: cool season winter annual grass
Pros: good fit following silage or seed corn production; high potential to scavenge nutrients, suppress weeds, improve soil health, prevent erosion
Overwintering potential: yes
Planting date: late August through October
Ideal Seeding depth: 0.5” to 1.0” – rainfall/soil moisture needed to get good establishment
Seeding rate: drilled = 45 – 60 pounds per acre; overseeded = 60 – 75 pounds per acre
* based on typical use timing in a corn and soybean cropping system.
References and Resources
SARE. 2007. Managing Cover Crops Profitably, 3rd edition. Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education, College Park, MD.
MCCC. 2020. Cover Crop Selector Tool. Midwest Cover Crops Council, West Lafayette, IN.