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Winter rye


The earliest Forage rye


  • Population rye with large amounts of biomass for winter and early whole crop silage harvest from beginning of May to mid June
  • 4 - 5 days earlier than conventional rye varieties, 10 days earlier than winter triticale - ideal for equalization of the whole crop silage harvest
  • Cost-effective biogas substrate especially on light soils
  • GENERATOR can increase the total biomass yield of the crop rotation
  • Suitable for all soil types
  • The pronounced earliness of ripening leads to higher tendency of lodging at late harvest times
  • Higher yields of second crops due to early cultivation

Variety characteristics:

(Officially confirmed or respectively in line with Bundessortenamt)

Dry matter yield: 5
Ear emergence: 3
Resistance to lodging: 2
Plant height: 8

bad / early / short / low
good / late / long / high

Crop rotation suitability:

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


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

Agronomic features:

Weed suppression: 7
Protection against erosion: 8
Ground water protection / Nitrogen conservation: 7
Humus formation: 7
Cold- and frost resistance: 9
Drought tolerance: 5
bad / early / short / low
good / late / long / high
Type of root Tuft root

Cultivation recommendations:

Recommended sowing rate Early 250 grains/m², middle 320 grains/m², late 400 grains/m²
Sowing depth 2 - 4 cm
Sowing period Early September until late October - depending on location!
Fertilization 130 - 160 kg N/ha (incl. available mineralized nitrogen)
Crop protection No need for herbicide and fungicide measures in the case of green-cut use. Growth control when needed in shooting.
Sowing method Drill sowing secures high field rises
Harvest Middle May until early June - as green-cut or whole crop silage

20.09.2018 09:26:05 // 11.00 - Breeder: P. H. Petersen Saatzucht Lundsgaard GmbH

Cover crop programme 2019