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Winter rye


High yielding Forage rye with improved standability


  • LUNATOR delivers high dry matter yields with excellent quality at an early harvest date before maize sowing 
  • Outstanding fast soil coverage after sowing in autumn allows the binding of remaining nutrients in the topsoil and their protection against shifting into deeper soil layers
  • The powerful root system and the massive growth protect against wind and water erosions and promote soil fertility
  • LUNATOR develops powerful plants due to its special vitality, even with sowing at unfavorable times and field conditions
  • Low lodging tendency for easy, fast harvesting and minimal soiling of the harvested crop for very good silage qualities

Variety characteristics:

(Officially confirmed or respectively in line with Bundessortenamt)

Dry matter yield: 5
Dry matter content: 4
Mass formation after beginning of vegetation: 6
Stiffness: 6
Plant height: 5

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
  • Humus formation
  • 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 Cover crop: 200 grains/m²; Forage: early sowing 250 grains/m², middel sowing 320 grains/m², late sowing 400 grains/m²
Sowing depth 2 - 4 cm
Sowing period Early September until late October - depending on location!
Fertilization 40 - 100 kg N/ha
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 On windrows, with about 18 % dry matter content

10.08.2022 15:38:56 // 16.00 - Breeder: P. H. Petersen Saatzucht Lundsgaard GmbH

Cover crop programme 2024