viterra® Cover crop blend



... for sustainable maize cropping


  • Grass blend of Lolium multiflorum (tetraploid) and perennial ryegrass (diploid)  for use as undersown crop in maize
  • After the maize harvest, the grass continues to develop and binds available nitrogen
  • viterra® UNTERSAAT stabilizes humus balance even during tight maize crop rotations
  • Effectively protects against wind and water erosion in winter
  • Early growing Lolium multiflorum combined with late growing perennial ryegrass guarantees a high crop reliability
  • Increases soil sustainability and reduces dirt on the roads during harvest

Blend details:

Seeds %: 49 % Perennial ryegrass
51 % Italian ryegrass
Free of crucifers: yes
Free of legumes: yes
Winter hardy: yes

Crop rotation suitability:

+ suitable / ++ strongly recommended
Maize ++
Oilseed rape
Sugar beets
Intensive crops


  • Suitable for ecological focuse areas
  • Green manure
  • Humus formation
  • Ground water protection / Nitrogen conservation
  • Protection against erosion

Agronomic features:

bad / early / short / low --- good / late / long / high
Weed suppression: 3
Protection against erosion: 8
Ground water protection / Nitrogen conservation: 6
Humus formation: 6
Cold- and frost resistance: 9
Drought tolerance: 6

Cultivation recommendations:

Recommended sowing rate 10 - 15 kg/ha
Sowing depth 2 - 4 cm
Sowing period 6 - 8 weeks after maize sowing, to 6 - 8 leaf stage of maize
Fertilization An early fertilization to promote the initial development is recommended.
Crop protection Usually there is no crop protection required
Sowing method Drill sowing ensure high crop emergences

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viterra Bestellbogen 2019


Cover Cropping: A guide to varieties, blends and their benefits


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