The interest in growing cereal rye for grain to be sold as cover crop seed, or to other value-added markets (distillers and bakers), has increased considerably across the Northeast region. As a result, farmers and end-users are requesting yield and quality information on cereal rye varieties. In 2020, University of Vermont Extension Northwest Crops and Soils (NWCS) Program conducted a harvest date trial to evaluate the effects of harvest date on yield and quality of cereal rye. Wheat and barley require timely harvest to maintain quality, particularly falling number, for successful baking and brewing. It is unclear to what extent harvest timing impacts falling number in cereal rye. Subsequently, there is little knowledge if rye with high or low falling number is required for baking. The goal of this project was to evaluate the impact of harvest date on yields and quality parameters, specifically falling number, across two rye varieties.


Vermont, University of Vermont, rye, winter rye

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