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Winter rye


Greening rye for maize crop rotations


  • Proven population rye with quick and strong youth development
  • Ideal as a winter-hardy, late sowing compatible cover crop before and after maize
  • Binds up to 30 kg of nitrogen and prevents shifting of nutrients into deeper soil layers - efficient measure for water protection
  • Organic matter protects against wind- and watererosion - valuable topsoil is not removed
  • MATADOR improves humus balance and increases soil fertility
  • Contributes to field hygiene, winter crops decompose maize stubble more easily
  • Provides optimal conditions for maize sowing in spring

Included in blends: viterra® WICKROGGEN

Crop rotation suitability:

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


  • Green manure
  • Humus formation
  • Protection against erosion
  • Ground water protection / Nitrogen conservation

Agronomic features:

Weed suppression: 6
Protection against erosion: 8
Ground water protection / Nitrogen conservation: 6
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 200 - 250 grains/m²
Sowing depth 2 - 4 cm
Sowing period End of September until end of October - depending on location!
Fertilization No additional nitrogen fertilization necessary in autumn. MATADOR uses the remaining nitrogen in the soil.
Crop protection Usually there is no plant protection required
Sowing method Sowing method similar to sowing of main crop is recommended

20.09.2018 09:35:00 // 13.00 - Breeder: P. H. Petersen Saatzucht Lundsgaard GmbH

Cover crop programme 2019