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The power of rye

I took these 2 pictures this weekend to show why Iím such a fan of ending my planting season with the addition of rye into all my plots. Itís cheap, easy to grow, stays green all winter, the first thing to start growing in the spring, a great soil builder and weed suppressor. The deer in my area are nutritionally stressed by early spring and hit the plots hard as soon as the snow comes off them. Itís the only thing green in March and early April and I believe itís a big help until the other plants wake up. Once they stop feeding on it you can plow it into the soil, mow it until you want to plant something else in its place or let it grow tall then spray it with gly and drill through it.
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Yes winter wheat or rye are great. Another great thing is they grow in just about ever soil type and condition too. It is about the easiest thing to grow.

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I took these 2 pictures this weekend to show why Iím such a fan of ending my planting season with the addition of rye into all my plots. Itís cheap, easy to grow, stays green all winter, the first thing to start growing in the spring, a great soil builder and weed suppressor. The deer in my area are nutritionally stressed by early spring and hit the plots hard as soon as the snow comes off them. Itís the only thing green in March and early April and I believe itís a big help until the other plants wake up. Once they stop feeding on it you can plow it into the soil, mow it until you want to plant something else in its place or let it grow tall then spray it with gly and drill through it.
Amen to that! Plots look great.
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Any specific reason why you pick rye over winter wheat? Also, when do you plant it?
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No particular reason Grizz, I've used wheat in the past and it also worked well. Maybe i'll try a side by side comparison this fall for something to do. I like around Labor day and watch the weather. If i'm putting it in with a nice plot of brassica I broadcast about 150lbs. per ac. If I drill, about 80lbs
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No particular reason Grizz, I've used wheat in the past and it also worked well. Maybe i'll try a side by side comparison this fall for something to do. I like around Labor day and watch the weather. If i'm putting it in with a nice plot of brassica I broadcast about 150lbs. per ac. If I drill, about 80lbs
I have planted winter wheat and rye side by side and never could really tell any difference in preference by the deer. Both seem to give the same performance.

As far as planting dates I usually go from Labor Day till mid September. You can actually plant later but I like it coming up pretty good by the time bow season comes around.

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Rye would get the edge over winter wheat in my book. It scavenges nutrients better....adds more biomass to the plot with its root system. However, from a logistics standpoint, rye can create more of an issue the following summer as it gets fairly tall - great for fawning cover, but can be tough to mow for guys with limited equipment. Also, I think rye continues to grow at a lower temperature than WW - which is why folks like it for early spring forage for a deer herd seeking quality forage at its most desperate time of year.

We actually started using barley in place of rye in most plots - mainly because it heads out early in the summer, providing a great food source for hen turkeys and their poults.
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