1st Choice Seeds Cereal Rye

Plant Seed-Not Grain. Our high quality Cereal Rye was monitored from planting, throughout the growing season and harvest. It has been professionally conditioned. Lots are tested after harvest by third party laboratories insuring our highest quality standards are maintained. Fall seeded cereal rye is the most common cover crop in our geography because of its immense fibrous root system and large amounts of spring biomass. Our Cereal Rye is a huge scavenger and relocator of nutrients. It helps suppress weeds and provides the latest planted cover crop option for our area.

Field Notes

  • 1st Choice Seeds Cereal Rye can establish its stand in cool, late fall weather. It is the last chance cover crop for late fall planting.
  • Our Cereal Rye is very fast growing and has a large root mass to scavenge nutrients from your fields.
  • Seed earlier in the planting window to maximize the benefit of providing winter cover.
  • 1st Choice Seeds Cereal Rye is outstanding for suppressing weeds early in the spring because rye has an allelopathy effect on weeds. But also keep in mind that it may also stunt the following corn crop.
  • Cereal Rye is suitable for most soil types in our market area.
  • Because of its fast growing nature and fibrous root mass Cereal Rye can add forage flexibility for the livestock farmer.



  • Ratings:
  • Below Average: 0-4
  • Average: 5
  • Good: 6
  • Very Good: 7
  • Excellent: 8
  • Superior: 9-10

Management Tips

  • Planting: Plant September to early November.
  • Seeding Depth: ¾” – 1” Comparable Seed on Drill Chart; Annual Ryegrass
  • Seeding Rate:
    • For Cover Crop by Drill (7.5” rows) 56 lbs./acre
    • Broadcast/Aerial Seeding: 75-90 lbs./ acre
    • For Forage by Drill or Broadcast: 100 lbs./acre
  • Control:
    • Control is best accomplished when the plant is small and before the first node has developed. Warm temperatures and actively growing plants are a must for control. Apply two quarts/acre of glyphosate before jointing. Best burndown is achieved by spraying on a warm day between 9am-4pm with water adjusted to 5.5 ph.