Hybrid Rye

A new crop to the Irish market with strong potential for both whole crop silage and as a grain crop for specific end uses.

Currently, the area of rye in Ireland is very low (approx. 500 hectares), but interest is growing each year. New varieties have vastly improved in recent years and hybridisation has also brought more resilience to the crop.

 The main attributes/benefits of hybrid rye as a crop are;

  • High grain yield potential – equivalent to winter wheat (10 – 13t/ha)
  • Flexible & spreads workload – Hybrid rye will mature in between barley and wheat. It can be harvested for whole-crop or for grain. Modern varieties will typically have 50 – 55% grain in total yield and fresh yields of 35 – 45t/ha (14 – 18tons/ac) @ 30 to 40% DM content.
  • Less N input required – typically 150kg/ha will feed rye sufficiently
  • High Straw Yield – crop grows to 6 feet tall but still has good lodging resistance. Straw quality is similar or slight inferior to oats (highly lignified).
  • Very good drought tolerance – Hybrid Rye requires 25% less water than wheat or barley to fill the grains, makes the crop very suitable to light land and could be a saviour in dry years
  • Good take-all resistance; Rye is second best only to oats in terms of resistance to take-all
  • Very suitable for pig feed – rye has a higher lysine amino acid content than other cereals, and it promotes atiety in pigs and results in less digestive upsets.

Hybrid rye


Most widely grown hybrid rye variety in Ireland at present. The highest yielding variety on the…