Rye? Would I be wasting seed if I tried to put it down now in upstate NY

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  1. CTM1

    CTM1 Active Member

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    Had a field that was a mud hole last year and I gave up on it as the tractor was sinking. I just put the disc and the spring tooth chisel plow to it today to hack it up and level it out.

    Given we are at Oct 1st tomorrow is it to late to get any growth?
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  2. Creek chub

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    When is your first predicted frost?
     
  3. Elkaddict

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    CTM,
    I’d get it out tomorrow before Wednesday’s rain. It will take.
     
  4. CTM1

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    Are you insane, tomorrow is opening day of Bow here :p

    I will get it done mid day.

    Thanks
     
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    rye will come so late its amazing - you have time - it will come faster if you lightly disc it in though.
     
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    Why would discing help the seed germinate faster?
     
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    Covering the seed helps it take off a little quicker
     
  8. j-bird

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    broadcast and either lightly disc or pack and be done...pray for rain. If you don;t have a packer use your tractor or wheeler and just drive over the plot enough to press the seed into the ground. You still need good seed/soil contact. If it gets the moisture it needs to germinate and stay alive you will be fine.
     
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    What do you pay for rye? In the midwest, it's usually cheap, so there is nothing risked other than a twelve pack of Coors Light (or 30-pack of Busch Light).

    If you've got a muddy hole, I'd throw the rye in for damn sure, and also some white clover. If your rye drowns out in the spring, throw some barley in there once the water goes away.
     
  10. Chainsaw

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    My farmer friend planted our 35 acres with Triticale last friday. We expect it will be OK.
     
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  11. CTM1

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    Ok I got it done.

    A couple of weeks ago the end cap to my double roller cultipacker came off and with it went the PVC bearing I made up and a part that goes over the axle and a few large washers. I walked the two fields that day but only found the PVC bearing and the large washers. So today I broke out the old metal detector but I could not get it to work. So I was back at it walking the main field and thankfully I got lucky and found the parts hiding in an old clump of dead rye.

    After that I made a quick repair to the packer and was off the pack the field. After that I got the rye spread and packed it again. We had heavy rain last night so talk about the packer having caked on mud. When I was done I had to run it down the town dirt road at speed to get the mud to fly off.

    Fingers crossed I get some growth. This was last years Rye as I had plenty left over. but I do not recall the price If it is a bust not real loss.

    I cannot remember the last time it was this hot on opening day of bow in the Catskills. The only things I saw was the birds and the bees and some squitos who wanted my blood.
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    Thanks guys.
     
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    Let us know how this rye turned out!
     
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    Triticale planted Sept. 27 germinated and grew just fine and looks as good as if it were planted late August.
     
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    Pipeline guys Just finished up - seeded rye 10-24-19
    we are at 1650 ft in central NY - should be a good test for germination.
    [​IMG]
     
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    Did they seed rye grass or cereal rye? Most municipalities down here seed rye grass. I broadcast Winer Rye (cereal grain) last year here in VA Zone 6b & had it coming up in Dec. From what I read, it will germinate if temps are above freezing, albeit slowly... Going to broadcast some more this coming week.
     
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    I consider Rye to be one of the best food plot plantings, right up there with clover, because of it's winter hardiness. And bears like it too. Here's a black bear eating my new rye on October 15th.[​IMG]

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    I told them Cereal rye - but I haven't been up yet to check -guess I'll find out soon. They knew enough to know that clover this late would be scketchy and they left me a big bag to frost seed over top - so I feel like they knew what I meant.
    Happy either way that they are so careful to clean up and re-seed
     
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    For where I hunt in the mountains, I think it ranks pretty high up there also! Do bears readily eat it? We've got a lot of bears but haven't seen them munching on the Rye.
     
  19. Elkaddict

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    They enjoy nearly everything we grow. I’ve observed or have pictures of our bears eating rye, triticale, oats, brassicas (tops and tubers), corn, beans and clover. The only thing I haven’t seen them eat is chicory. That doesn’t mean they don’t, I just haven’t seen it.
     
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    My cousin was kind enough to broadcast rye for me in mid October (half of the plots) and late October (the remaining plots). I'll be out there at the end of November and plan to add more rye. I'm really hoping for a thick stand in the spring to compete with all the native weeds. If the daytime high is below freezing in November I'll probably skip the additional rye but that's not too common in our area. NC zone 6B 3k feet.
     

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