Well we’ve been raising our own seed,
cereal rye now for a few years and we found that it’s a, it gives us some
other benefits that we can take care of some fields that have some problems
possibly, maybe we want to put some tile in on that field, do some fertilizing or maybe even take care of any problems or
erosion. Tt might be a highly erodible field, so that’s where we put our seed field at. And then we seed it at about
60 to 70 pounds per acre with a 750 drill, no-till drill, we drill right in after the soybeans. We like to follow soybeans. Now this is on
our seed fields, so we definitely want to have a good stand out there and you get that with a drill. So we
get that in as quick as we can, by first week of October we’d like to have
it in, we’ll get nice growth on that, usually if we get a little moisture, and then in the spring we’ll come
back and we’ll put on about 30 units of nitrogen with
a spreader, and in this case with this field going
to corn in the next year, we put some red clover on that. We
cross seeded the red clover. and that we’re hoping to give us a cover
crop after we take the Rye off. And we also have some tillage raddish that we could
possibly put in there, but it’s just so dry this year that we’re holding that in the bag until we
maybe get a little moisture. As far as harvesting, Rye is very easy to harvest. Take a combine and set it, usually on the
high-speed, crank your concave tight and what we do is we don’t actually tried to get it all
out, we try to leave enough in the heads, that when it goes
through the back of the Combine through the straw spreader, it will reseed and that field then will
also have a a cover crop of Rye for that fall
and into the next spring. So we’re really liking it.
The thing is, a couple things you have to have,
or you should have available to you is to make sure you have a fanning mill
close by so you can get that seed cleaned, because fall will come quicker than you think, and then you have to be out there reseeding it again. And the guy that puts it on with the
airplane, or even a drill, you’re gonna need that pretty clean. If you’re putting it on with a
spinner, fertilizer spinner, then you could just take it right out
of the combine and put it on. We should say we take it out at about 15 percent
moisture. We like to get it you know mid-July
there and take it out, and then we will put it in a bin with a
false floor and put air on it for about a week and
take it down below fourteen percent and that’s pretty much our program.
And with the corn bin Barry, do you have to cover that with burlap or anything to
keep it from going to the cracks with a false floor or no problem. No problem at all. Just got the small openings? Ya, you’d have the small openings in your floor and you’d just put a small fan on it, just air
air drying is all you doing there. Because it goes through a sweat just like oats. Now, if you want you could windrow it. We got rid of our windrower, so we don’t do it anymore. If you were to do that, you would let it
lay for three days, let it go through the sweat out in the field, and then you could harvest it, and
probably at that point it would already be at it would be where you want it. It’s an easy crop to work with,
that’s why we start with Cereal Rye, because I
think if you’re going to start with something that’s the that’s the one to start with, and you have that same experience. I would agree, that’s the easiest, fail proof, the most fail proof of everything that we have is the cereal Rye, it’s about as easy to germinate as anything, any terrain and you’re on your way. So traditionally after Rye Barry, what’s your next, what’s your next crop. If we aren’t putting the red clover
in it, we would come back really I’d like to have soybeans out there. Ok, so your soybean, Rye rotation? Yes, ya that would be the easiest. And what about, do you have any experience following winter wheat with rye. No I haven’t, it’s been a long time since
we’ve raised winter wheat. The problem we’ve had with winter wheat and
it’s been probably fifteen years since we’ve had any, if it doesn’t get a good snow cover on
it sometimes, it will winter kill. Is it cost-effective?
what we’re doing it for is other things, we want the seed, yes,
that way we know we have it available. It’s tight to find seed, some guys aren’t going to get seed. So we know we have the seed, that’s number one. Then we can do some things to that field that we want to do on and off period time, you know a time
when we’re not doing it so busy and so it gives us a lotta
options there.