Adaptation: Productive in areas where other winter annuals are grown. The most cold tolerant of the cereal grains and more tolerant of soil acidity than other small grains.
Uses: Late fall and winter pastures, hay, cover crop and green chop. Can be overseeded into warm season pastures (bermuda and bahia) alone or in mixtures with clover or annual ryegrass to extend the grazing season. Excellent for wildlife food plots especially when mixed with Durana or Patriot white clovers.
Benefits: Under favorable fall conditions will establish faster and provide quicker grazing. Extends the grazing season because it grows at lower winter temperatures than other cool season grasses. Will provide grazing in December, January and February when other grasses are dormant.
Nutrition: With good management practices, rye grain can produce Crude Protein levels of 15-16%, TDN in the 65% range. However, environmental conditions and management practices will determine individual results.
Planting: Rate: 90-120 lbs/acre drilled in prepared seedbed or 125-150 lbs./acre broadcast. Date: Mid-September to mid-November
Management:For best results plant into a well-prepared, firm seedbed, at a depth of 1/2" to 3/4" deep. Can be mixed with ryegrasses and/or clover. If planted with one of these mixtures, do not plant deeper than 1/4" to ensure establishment of ryegrass or clover. Lime soil to a pH of 6.0 or better and follow soil test for nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium. Small grains respond well to high rates of fertilizer, especially nitrogen.
SPECIAL CONSIDERATIONS: For top quality hay, harvest when Wintergrazer 70 is in the flag leaf stage. If grazed, provide animal access to high magnesium mineral to reduce incidence of grass tetany.
Best For: Deer, Turkey, Duck, Dove, Pheasant, Rabbit and Quail