Cereal rye

Tips for Better Management of Cereal Rye in Corn, Soybeans

Termination timing, planting depth, seed-to-soil contact and armyworm control are important considerations in making rye the most useful tool for no-till systems.

CEREAL RYE is a popular cover crop for many reasons, especially for its rugged characteristics that allow it to survive cool temperatures and for providing a living root in no-tilled soils longer. 

Cereal rye is also known to help provide erosion control, increased soil organic matter and weed suppression, and it’s often used ahead of corn and soybeans to catch and release nutrients and sometimes manage excess soil moisture ahead of planting.

But the utility…

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John Dobberstein

John Dobberstein is senior editor of No-Till Farmer magazine and the e-newsletter Dryland No-TillerHe previously covered agriculture for the Tulsa World and worked for daily newspapers in Chicago, Milwaukee and St. Joseph, Mich. He graduated with a B.A. in journalism and political science from Central Michigan University.

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