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    Why rye?
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    Why rye?

Reasons to grow hybrid rye

If one or more of the following applies to you, there are many reasons why you should consider hybrid rye as part of your arable rotation on farm;

  • Free draining, acidic or sandy soils
  • Annual rainfall of 650mm or less*
  • Moderate fertility
  • Considering extending your arable cropping beyond wheat, barley, OSR or beans

*across a 5 year average

6 reasons why you should consider growing hybrid rye in 2020



Hybrid rye delivers consistent grain yields in the 2nd cereal slot


Low nitrogen input

Saving around 100 kg/ha N compared to 2nd wheat


Low disease risk

Rye typically only requires 1-2 fungicides to control brown rust


High straw yields

Straw provision acts as a novel stimuli & helps reduce aggression


Fit for the future

Under the UK’s new agricultural bill rye delivers nitrogen and agrochemical savings without compromising yields


Growing demand

Rye has many different uses, from pig finishing units, distillers and millers


Hybrid rye and drought tolerance

Hybrid rye uses 25% less water/ha than winter wheat*

Our map below highlights the most suitable areas for hybrid rye based on rainfall and soil type. This was created in partnership with Cranfield University.

The SMD (soil moisture deficit, shown in orange on the map) reached in the late summer is forecast to become more intense. Farmers on free draining, acidic or sandy soils are more exposed to the effects of the SMD on their yield and rotational income.

Data used to create this map was based on soil type and rainfall below 650mm.

By 2030 summer drought tolerance will become more critical.

*Rye figure based on 25% less water/t of grain yield (300 ltr/t) than winter wheat (400 ltr/t).


Current market options for grain rye;


Finishers and sows


Whisky and malt