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Winter rye


Leading Forage rye


  • Number one in German National Variety Trials for many years
  • Ideal for early, energetic and high yield cuts as silage for biogas or in cattle feeding
  • Excellent previous crop to maize - especially on sites with good water supply and vigorous weather conditions in spring
  • The powerful initial development allows comparatively low seed rates, an early cultivation of the following crop and best protection against N-leaching
  • PROTECTOR is also growing at temperatures where other types of rye have already stoped their growth
  • The high stocking performance and intensive soil coverage in autumn offer good weed suppression and save erosion protection
  • The continuous nutrient acquisition enables the efficient use of organic fertilizer (manure or fermentation residues)

Variety characteristics:

(Officially confirmed or respectively in line with Bundessortenamt)

Dry matter yield: 6
Dry matter content: 5
Protein content: 5
Mass formation after beginning of vegetation: 6
Stiffness: 4
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; Feed use: early 250 grains/m², normal 320 grains/m², late 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 when used for green cutting. Growth control when required in bolting
Sowing method Seed drilling secures high field rises
Harvest Only on windrows, with about 18 % dry matter content

26.07.2022 09:26:04 // 24.00 - Breeder: P. H. Petersen Saatzucht Lundsgaard GmbH

Cover crop programme 2024