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Rye......when to seed ??

We have an acre plot frost-seeded with clover. I want a rye cover for it. But I want to be sure to seed the rye when it's warm enough to begin germination immediately...……….otherwise I'll be broadcasting turkey food.

When do you think I should broadcast my rye seed ??

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Rye can germinate down to about 36 degrees. I would say check out the forecast for the planting area, and you should be able to do it fairly soon.
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It will take 14-21 days for it to germinate..
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How many pounds of rye are you planning to use?
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How many pounds of rye are you planning to use?
Not seeding for crop………….just cover. So I had about a bushel in mind. 50-60 lbs

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Will the rye compete with the clover?

I don't know, just asking.
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Not seeding for crop………….just cover. So I had about a bushel in mind. 50-60 lbs
OK, sounds good. I would maybe go a little higher if you are really worried about the birds and turkeys getting some. If you can get it down right before a rain, that will certainly help.

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Will the rye compete with the clover?

I don't know, just asking.
No, cereal grains are often planted as a nurse crop with clover (oats, barley, rye - most often oats I think). The extra crop seedlings help keep the weeds at bay until the clover can get a grasp on the plot. In addition, the roots left behind by the rye will add great organic matter to the soil and help retain water for the clover.
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Do you have some pics of the plot area? We love to see pics of habitat projects!
Not at the moment. I'll try to get a few...……….maybe over the weekend.

Thanks for the help !!
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Get 50 lbs of whole feed oats and mix with the rye. Broadcast right before a heavy rain. Then plan to brushhog late July.
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Get 50 lbs of whole feed oats and mix with the rye. Broadcast right before a heavy rain. Then plan to brushhog late July.

What is the benefit of adding the oats to the rye ?? Very curious.

As an aside...……...my brother has already bought 100# of rye for the plot.

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