Spring rye


A tough Population rye


  • Use as main crop for grain harvest or as second crop for whole crop silage
  • Strong development even on light and poor locations
  • Rapid and high green matter yields as pure seed or in blends with legumes for the production of additional biomass for biogas plants
  • As cover crop in summer for nitrogen conservation, humus formation and improvement of soil fertility and structure
  • Comparatively high crude protein contents
  • OVID has a special suitability for organic farming

Variety characteristics:

(Officially confirmed or respectively in line with Bundessortenamt)

bad / early / short / low --- good / late / long / high
Grain yield: 5
Dry matter yield: 5
Grains per ear: 5
Crop density: 5
Ear emergence: 5
Threshing ripeness: 5
Resistance to lodging: 4
Plant height: 5


  • Grain use
  • Biogas- and fodder production
  • Green manure
  • Humus formation
  • Protection against erosion
  • Ground water protection / Nitrogen conservation

Agronomic features:

bad / early / short / low --- good / late / long / high
Weed suppression: 7
Protection against erosion: 6
Ground water protection / Nitrogen conservation: 6
Humus formation: 7
Cold- and frost resistance: 2
Drought tolerance: 5
Type of root Tuft root

Cultivation recommendations:

Recommended sowing rate Grain use: 220 - 380 grains/m², Cover crop: 380 - 450 grains/m²
Sowing depth 2 cm
Sowing period Grain harvest: January - April, Cover crop: July - August
Fertilization Up to 100 kg N/ha included mineralized nitrogen
Crop protection If necessary, fungicide application with a focus on rust
Sowing method Drill sowing after careful cultivation

20.09.2018 09:40:20 // 12.00 - Breeder: P. H. Petersen Saatzucht Lundsgaard GmbH


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