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  • Winter Rye

    What is the best brand of winter rye to throw out on your pastures?

  • #2
    In South Carolina maybe Abruzzi rye...I think I read that waaay back when I was researching some winter pasture myself. (We're in E.central GA.)


    • #3
      I have had good results with Oregon grown Rye:

      This page his information about the various varieties of rye grass:

      Hope that helps.
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      • #4
        I plant a mixture of Oregon Ryegrass and "Field rye" which is the rye grain. The rye grain comes up and grows a bit faster and then the ryegrass coems in after it.


        • #5
          we use abruzzi here...and with all this rain our place is bright green!!!
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          • #6
            Every year we throw out Marshall rye grass seed. It grows like crazy.
            If you can time it so it gets a rain right away it will usually be two to three inches tall in a week.
            Last year I planted way too much (I don't let the horses graze it 24/7) and ended up having to do lots of mowing so this year I only planted one large paddock where they are allowed to graze an hour or so a day.
            Last edited by pj; Dec. 19, 2009, 11:49 AM.
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            • #7
              Originally posted by pj View Post
              don't let the horses graze it 24/7
              Why? If a horse is used to being on good pasture 24/7, will they have a problem with winter rye? I am interested in planting this next fall.


              • #8
                I too let mine graze it 24x7 as soon as it's appropriate. Even the slightly IR horse can handle it.

                But, that doesn't mean ALL horses can do that, just like not ALL horses can graze anything 24x7.
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                • #9
                  I plant Marshall rye too. My 2 paddocks where I put it are BRIGHT green and growing like crazy. I was slowly extending the time for the herd to be on it because they were off of grass while it was growing. Now they can be on it 24/7 if need be but usually I let them on during the day and off at night. Of course with as wet as it is, Im hesitant to let them out on it because they run around and ruin it all.

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                  • #10
                    winter rye can be overwhelming high in sugars.

                    My IR's horse first founder was on winter rye.


                    • #11
                      Originally posted by ToiRider View Post
                      Why? If a horse is used to being on good pasture 24/7, will they have a problem with winter rye? I am interested in planting this next fall.
                      It is a sugary, lush grass and I just don't want mine (who are kinda "buttery" like anyhow) to have that much of it.
                      You know why cowboys don't like Appaloosas?" - Answer: Because to train a horse, you have to be smarter than it is.


                      • #12
                        When is it appropriate to let them start grazing the rye?
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                        • #13
                          At my farm? Never


                          • #14
                            I've only put down the rye in about 2-3 acres of my 9 acre pasture, and only in the bareish spots, so now I have lots of "chia pet" spots in my pasture. I figure it gives the horses a little something green to nibble on along with the dormant bahia, bermuda, carpetgrass that is in the field (and yes, they do eat the dormant grass also). I used the Oregon Grown rye seed, as that is what my feed store carries, and it is inexpensive.
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                            • #15
                              Marshall and Big Daddy have been some of the top performers in forage trials at Va Tech and NCSU in the past for ryegrass. Abruzzi is a well known cereal rye that is also often used.

                              You're much better off to lightly overseed (rather than not overseed at all) your bermuda/bahia so that your horses will eat that instead of tearing up your dormant bermuda. Horses are terrible about ripping up the dormant grass by the roots and this really damages a pasture in a hurry- giving you a weaker and much slower growing pasture in the spring. If you don't want them eating so much of the lush grass, just overseed very lightly so there's just enough for them to pick at to keep them off the dormant grass but not so much that they're stuffing themselves out there.
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                              • #16
                                Winter rye is a cereal grain and different from rye grasses. Both are very high in sugars and not recommended for grazing by equines.
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