We keep small grains in stock most of the year to use in hay and forage situations, for cover crops, and in cash crop situations. With the small grain varieties now available, a grower is certain to find one that works best in his/her management practices.
Oats: Not just for spring grain production anymore. Best annual forage producer for the fall moths especially when mixed with brassicas.
Rye: Planted alone for grain or forage, as a nurse crop with a permanent seeding, or along with other cover crops for green manure or forage.
Triticale: Triticale was developed by crossing wheat with rye. It retains the high palatability of wheat with the vigor of rye. Most triticale in the U.S. is currently grown for forage. Its major strength is its versatility for use as feed, silage, grazing, cover crops, and straw. Triticale appears to be an ideal crop for producers utilizing sustainable agriculture practices and organic farming techniques. In addition to its high feed value, strengths of triticale include: management similar to other small grains, cold tolerance, vigorous growth, and resistance to many of the diseases and insects that affect wheat.
Wheat: Winter wheat is the most widely grown winter annual in the U.S. Wheat provides the most flexibility as a crop. It can serve as a forage crop and grain crop simultaneously, if managed properly. It produces well on a wide range of soils, with very sandy soils being the exception. We carry premium Green Valley Wheats that offer genetics that are second to none at a very competitive price.
Please give us a call for more ideas about Small Grain's usage.