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COVER CROPS

Triticale

DESCRIPTION

Triticale is a cross between winter wheat and cereal rye. Its winter hardiness allows it to grow later in the fall than other cover crops. Its fibrous roots continue to grow through the winter down to 60 inches or more building soil organic matter. Triticale's rapid growth suppresses winter weeds better than rye. It produces a lot of biomass that is good as a mulch mat, forage or straw. Triticale has an allelopathic effect on weeds and following corn crops. Triticale can be winter grazed, plowed under in spring as a green manure, cut and made into baleage, rolled after boot stage to provide a mulch, or allowed to go to grain and combined.

Triticale Plus

  • A mixture of triticale and annual ryegrass
  • Plant at 80-100 lbs/A
  • Helps dry out wet spots in spring
  • Good carbon sequestration
  • Excellent root development makes it a huge soil builder

Zones: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

ESTABLISHMENT

Drill or no-till 80-150 lbs/A at a depth of ½ to 1 inch deep. Can be mixed with hairy vetch, crimson clover and annual rye grass. Use about 40 lbs/A of nitrogen in the fall to help establish and 70 lbs again in the spring if it’s going to be used as a forage.