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Florida 401 Rye Seed – 50 lb
Florida 401 Rye seed 50lb Bag
Florida 401 Rye seed is a small grain most widely used for winter grassing. Rye is more cold tolerant than oats and generally produces more forage than either oats or wheat. 401 Rye is an excellent winter cover crop. 401 Rye is also an excellent wind barrier to protect food crops like tomatoes. The 401 Rye is planted between the rows of the food crop to grow taller and thus shield the food crop from harmful blasts of wind.
Do not plant too early; wait until cool weather begins. Grain rye varieties from northern states will produce little forage in late fall or early winter and will usually be severely damaged by leaf rust; therefore, plant only varieties recommended for the southeastern United States.
In some cases, a grass or grain may be planted as a wind barrier to protect food crops like tomatoes. The barrier grass is planted between the rows of the food crop to grow taller and thusly shield the food crop from harmful blasts of wind. Florida 401 is an excellent choice for winter wind barrier applications. The recommended planting rate for Florida 401 rye is 50 to 75 lbs per acre.
There are a few steps that should be heeded during soil preparation and planting to insure successful germination, and healthy growth of seed.
First a soil sample should be taken and analyzed. Soil samples can be taken to a local Agriculture Extension agent, fertilizer plant, or private lab for analysis. The analysis will reveal the soil type, pH, and other factors. The analysis will allow the agent to make recommendations as to what will need to be added to the soil to make it ideal for the type of seed to be planted. Most seeds will do well within a pH range of 5.5 to 6.5.
A properly prepared seed bed is essential for successful planting. The area to be planted must be cleared of debris and all existing vegetation removed. The area should then be chopped or disced as needed to create an even fluffy soil.
The preferred method of planting seed is with a grain drill or culti-packer. This equipment allows for precise metering of seed and depth placement. Most people will not have access to a drill and will instead use a broadcast spreader for planting. The broadcast method will work well, but also requires the area to be rolled to insure proper seed-to-soil contact. In areas with very fine sand, light dragging is preferred to rolling. In any case, seed should not be buried more then ½ inch deep with ¼ inch being ideal.
Fertilizer can be applied at the time of planting. Consult with an Ag extension agent or fertilizer plant for proper formula and application rates.
For any other questions about specific planting methods, please call us at (863) 635-4473 and we will be happy to assist you.