The future belongs to rye
Today rye is experiencing a renaissance.
That´s a smart development, because there are many benefits for this previously understimated grain. Rye is sustainable: It gets along better with dryness than other cereals. It´s deep root system provides the grain with sufficient water even during long periods of heat. It also grows on poorer soils and the yield per hectare of new hybrid varieties is at least equal to wheat. Rye is filling, aromatic and gives long-lasting energy. That is why rye is also very valuable crop for human consumption and should therefore be used more frequently.
Rye is stress tolerant to drought, lack of nutrients and pH in the soil. The demands on nutrient supply are lower that for triticale and wheat. Due to its unpretentiousness it is suitable for dry and light soils. Hybird rye is the most productive crop on both light and better soil. Under optimal conditions, yields of over 10t/ha are possible. Overall, rye is characterized by low crop protection and nitrogen requirements. Another advantage of the robust grain is the pronounced winter hardiness. Rye stands for nutrient efficiency, yield stability and a healthy culture.
Beneficial for the immune system
New findings on the feed value make rye also interesting for pig feeding. Rye contains a lot of fiber and fructans, which are converted in the pig's colon into organic acids such as butyrate. These acids have a positive effect on intestinal health and intestinal flora. This is good for the immune system, because its function is determined by the microbial composition of the intestinal flora. Butyrate also contributes to salmonella reduction and lowers the boar taint caused by skatole. An extensive field trial confirmed these results.
Rye promotes animal welfare
Rye promotes animal welfare, because the high fiber content makes the pigs well-fed for a long time. The blood sugar level remains stable, well-fed pigs are more satisfied and more relaxed – and that with consistently high performance. In addition, fiber is good for the gastric mucosa, they prevent stomach ulcers.
Not afraid of ergot
Farmers used to be afraid to use rye to feed ergot, the toxin of the fungus Claviceps purpurea. Therefore, rye was used only in small amounts. However, the latest breeds of KWS with the PollenPlus® breeding system are only slightly susceptible to ergot. They produce more pollen pollinating the scar, therefor the risk is of fungi settlement is reduced.
KWS Hybrid rye meets today's and tomorrow's requirements for a modern and high-yield crop. Rye has the best attributes for sustainable and healthy nutrition for humans and animals – best reasons for from now on more rye on field and in feed.
So, let´s start the Ryevolution!