Winter cereals, time to think about it !

With harvest going on, it is time to think about planting winter cereals.

The acreage of winter wheat and rye is increasing, which isn’t surprising due to the many benefits:

  • Yield potential at least 20% higher than spring cereals;
  • Higher straw yield;
  • Earlier flowering and harvest than spring cereals;
  • Reduced workload in the spring
  • Soil protection in fall in winter
  • Green fertilizer when planted as a catch crop or after another crop
  • Possible to improve fields with better soil condition after harvest

Of course, field choice is the biggest determining factor for winter survival of winter wheat.  It is important to choose a very level, well-drained field for good establishment of this crop.  Rye is more hardy and better tolerates imperfect field conditions.