Although developed for grain production, rye has a long history as a forage and cover crop in Georgia. ‘Wrens Abruzzi’, perhaps the most popular variety, dates from the 1950s. However, many newer varieties are available for sale.
Rye is deep-rooted, allowing it to scavenge nutrients effectively. It also provides more growth during cold conditions than other winter covers. Varieties differ in how quickly they reach maturity. This is of particular interest if they are to be “rolled” at the soft dough stage to suppress weeds in a subsequent crop.
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