Until about 60 years ago rye had been the most important cereal in Central and Northern Europe, often referred to by our ancestors as “the grain“.
Winter Hybrid Rye is a vigorous and robust cereal crop and suits growing on more marginal soils where other cereals struggle. This ability comes from good rooting and an enhanced ability to scavenge water and nutrients.
Hybrid Rye will fit into all arable rotations, but it is particularly suited to 2nd / 3rd cereal situations mostly because the crop does not suffer with take-all. This is not to say it is a take-all break in a rotation as it is not. Hybrid Rye’s ability to scavenge nutrients also makes it perfect for this point in a rotation.
Hybrid Rye has been used for many years in the UK for specialist baking; we have also seen a considerable increase in the crops use for whole-crop, Biogas. We are now seeing other uses for this versatile crop such as feeding to livestock and distilling.
More in depth details on how to grow the crop can be found in the growth guide.