Small Grains

 

 

Certified Natty Oats

Natty oats are a white hulled early maturing variety released from SDSU in 2015. Nattys offer superb yield potential as well as a good disease package which keeps test weight high and grain in quality condition. Natty oats work well for forage production with a medium-tall plant structure, great standability, and good straw strength.

Cereal Grain Rye

Rye is the most winter-hardy of all cereal grains, tolerating temperatures as low as -30°F once it is well stablished. It can germinate and grow at temperatures as low as 33°F and withstand frought better than other cereal grains. Compared to other cereal grains, rye grows faster in the fall and produces more dry matter the following spring.

 

Triticale

Triticale is a highly versatile cereal forage for grazing, silage, hay or as a cover crop. Created by combining wheat and rye into a new species, triticale combines the advantages of both parent species for grain and forage. It develops rapidly in the spring for high quantity and high-quality silage or hay.

Barley

Barley does an excellent job of  preventing erosion, suppressing weeds, building organic matter, and scavenging for nutrients. Barley is a quick source of abundant biomass that, along with its thick root system, can improve soil structure and water infiltration. Being both easy to grow and terminate, barley provides exceptional erosion control and weed suppression in lighter soils. Barley has an upright posture and relatively open canopy that makes it a fine nurse crop for establishing a forage stand. Spring barley varieties will not overwinter.

 

Wheat

Although typically grown as a cash grain, winter wheat can provide a grazing option prior to spring tiller elongation. It’s less likely than barley or rye to become a weed ans is easier to kill. Wheat also is slower to mature than some cereals, so there is no rush to kill it early in spring.