Cereal Rye is probably the best known winter hardy grass being used as a cover crop. It works great to prevent soil erosion and to increase soil organic matter and carbon content. It can be planted later than almost all other covers, which is beneficial for crop rotations that occupy most of the growing season. While cereal rye has the potential to immobilize nitrogen, this can be mitigated by planting in conjunction with a winter hardy legume such as hairy vetch to balance the C:N ratio. A mixture of hairy vetch and cereal rye is a good candidate for mechanical termination, if allowed to grow to anthesis.
Drilled seeding rate: 40-80 lb/Acre