• Leafier than cereal rye
  • Broad leaves
  • Height: up to 2 m
  • Ear: slightly drooping with long, awned lemmas
  • Root: epigeogenous rhizome, lateral roots

Environmental needs

  • None
  • Low warmth requirements


  • Winter cover crop
  • Forage and biogas feed before maize sowing (mid to late April)
  • Harvest from about 60 cm height, between awn tips starting to develop and becoming visible

Green manure

  • Ground cover while winter time
  • Harvest and root residue 18-20 quintals DM/ha
  • Relative good preceding crop effect
  • Fast ripening allows early sowing of succeeding crops
  • Suitable as a cover crop for various undersow crops

Function within TerraLife®

  • Shallow rooting
  • Protection against erosion
  • Mycorrhization – green bridge especially to maize

TerraLife® mixtures