Gainer 154 is an early maturing, winter hardy triticale. Triticale is a cross between winter wheat and cereal rye. Its winter hardiness allows it to grow later in the fall that other cover crops. Its fibrous roots continue to grow through the winter down to 60 inches or more, building soil organic mater. Triticale’s rapid growth suppresses winter weeds better than rye. It produces a lot of biomass that is good as a mulch mat, forage or straw. Triticale has an allelopathic effect on weeds and following corn crops.
- Early maturity fits full-season corn rotations
- High-quality forage in a short period of time at an economical price
- Winter hardy enough to be grown in the North
- Awned (Bearded)
- Tolerant of rust
- Good straw strength
Triticale can be winter grazed, plowed under in spring as a green manure, cut and made into haylage, baleage, rolled after boot stage to provide a mulch.
Drill or no-till 80-150 lbs/A at a depth of 1/2 to 1 inch deep. Can be mixed with hairy vetch, crimson clover and annual ryegrass. Use about 40 lbs/A of nitrogen in the fall to help establish and 70 lbs/A again in the spring if it’s going to be used as a forage.