Hybrid fall rye has become a mainstay of our winter crop sales the past few years. With yields 20-40% over traditional fall rye and winter wheat many farms have found a place to try hybrid rye.
KWS Daniello is a great new variety that has the lowest ergot risk of all the hybrid rye on the market while still maintaining yield (or even better yield than Guttino). Falling number may be slightly lower than Guttino.
Daniello has lower ergot risk because of the pollen plus trait and also genetic factors of the variety. This variety may save you from a cleaning cost or downgrading to reduce ergot levels. Even if you only had ergot levels of concern once in 5 years it would still pay to be growing Daniello.
We may have a small amount of the new Silage / Forage / Feed variety called KWS Propower available to try this fall. Seed production was grown in the US so we do not know when it will arrive here or if it will arrive on time this fall.
Propower should yield roughly 10% or more over varieties like Guttino & Daniello for forage and will have increases in grain yield as well assuming the feed market is the target.
Next season we will have good supply of Propower as we will be growing it for seed winter 2018/19.
Guttino has been a good multipurpose variety for us as well and seems to fit well into all segments of the hybrid rye market.
We also have Prima traditional fall rye available!
Farms using hybrid rye for forages have started seeding early in the year (May - June), grazing multiple times, overwintering, and grazing and then silaging the following season. The hybrids recover much faster, tiller out more than traditional lines and can take more stress and still preform.
The Fine Print
Hybrid fall rye is sold by the unit. 1 unit is 1 million viable seeds. You seed 0.8 of a unit per ac (800,000 viable seeds per ac). Hybrid fall rye is a one time use product and seed cannot be saved back. In crop costs are usually low as no wild oat herbicide or fungicide is needed.
Greg Stamp CCA
We offer a full range of seed treating and inoculant application options:
BASF Seed Treatment
Syngenta Seed Care
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