Hybrid rye offers more yield, lower ergot risk, and FHB resistance

While it may not be the highest acreage crop, rye —in all its forms — has increased in popularity as a crop rotation option for many farmers. Whether it’s for feed, spirits, or cover cropping, rye is a multi-faceted crop.

With the increase in interest comes advancements in breeding, and RealAgriculture’s Kara Oosterhuis caught up with FP Genetics CEO Rod Merryweather, to talk about the newest hybrid rye options available from the company.

One of rye’s traditional weaknesses is its susceptibility to ergot, and Merryweather says that improving resistance to this disease has been a focus in breeding. The newest line, KWS Trebiano, clocks in with 50% less ergot over any other variety currently on the market, he says.

What’s more, Merryweather says plant breeders have been keeping an eye on boosting yield while also improving fusarium head blight resistance, as well, given the crop’s expanded growing region and increased use as feed.

Western Canadian farmers can access these new hybrid rye lines now, and into 2021 as seed supplies grow and new genetics, come online.

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