Sowing Winter Grain

Asked August 27, 2015, 11:22 AM EDT

I'm a gardener in NE Ohio (hardiness zone 6a). I'm interested in trying out a test plot of winter barley or rye. Which would fare better in my climate, and when should I sow the grain in the fall? Thanks much.

Wayne County Ohio

1 Response

Hello,
Cereal rye is generally considered more winter hardy than winter barley, however I know growers that have pretty good success growing winter barley year after year. If growing for grain production, winter barley is usually planted between September 15 and 30. Cereal rye, if grown for grain production is usually planted between September 20 and the end of October. If being grown for a cover crop, either of these could be planted earlier. Cereal rye is generally considered the most fail-proof cover crop. It can be planted anytime from about mid-August into November.
Sincerely,
Rory Lewandowski