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Old 04-12-2021, 01:14 PM   #1
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A friend told me you can just spread rye grass out in the Fall and it will grow without any discing or plowing. Has anyone ever done this?

Do deer like rye grass?
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Old 04-12-2021, 01:16 PM   #2
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Yea, as long as it can touch the soil, it'll grow. If you can mow whats there short and remove clippings it'll help. Deer do eat rye grass also
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Old 04-12-2021, 01:26 PM   #3
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the package of "throw and grow" stuff you have probably seen at the store is 85%+ rye grass.
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Old 04-12-2021, 01:28 PM   #4
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I think the rye grass like you overseed your lawn with is different than the cereal rye usually used in food plots. Cereal rye is a grain that is somewhat similar to wheat. I don't know if deer eat rye grass but I wouldnt think so except maybe when it first comes out.
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Old 04-12-2021, 01:48 PM   #5
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That will work with rye grass. Just be prepared that once you do this you will have rye grass forever. It is a vigorous reseeding annual that is all but impossible to control. Spraying with cleth helps but I'm not sure there is a way to eliminate it or stop it from spreading. Yes deer eat it in its early growth stage.

Cereal rye is entirely different and requires a bit more attention to plant though with seed soil contact and a little rain establishes nicely. I plant it every year and have had no problems with controlling it. In fact I let it go to seed, then crimp it and plant into the thatch for summer.
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Old 04-12-2021, 01:51 PM   #6
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I think the rye grass like you overseed your lawn with is different than the cereal rye usually used in food plots. Cereal rye is a grain that is somewhat similar to wheat. I don't know if deer eat rye grass but I wouldnt think so except maybe when it first comes out.
I'm thinking this is Cereal Rye. My local feed store had it in the Fall last year but, it was $35 for 50 pounds. I didn't get it but I may try it this year.
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What he ^^^^^^ said !
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Old 04-12-2021, 01:53 PM   #8
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That will work with rye grass. Just be prepared that once you do this you will have rye grass forever. It is a vigorous reseeding annual that is all but impossible to control. Spraying with cleth helps but I'm not sure there is a way to eliminate it or stop it from spreading. Yes deer eat it in its early growth stage.

Cereal rye is entirely different and requires a bit more attention to plant though with seed soil contact and a little rain establishes nicely. I plant it every year and have had no problems with controlling it. In fact I let it go to seed, then crimp it and plant into the thatch for summer.
What he ^^^^^ said !
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Old 04-12-2021, 02:06 PM   #9
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This is true, but in my experience deer really seem to prefer oats or wheat over rye especially when its first sprouted and young and tender. I think oats are hard to beat.
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Old 04-12-2021, 02:11 PM   #10
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I do a mix of forage oats and cereal rye 50-50...
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Old 04-12-2021, 02:19 PM   #11
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Deer will eat it, but it is low on the preferred list.
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Old 04-12-2021, 02:31 PM   #12
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Yes to the cereal rye. Iíd go heavy if you plan and just broadcasting, at least 150#/acre. My didnít do great this fall do to the lack of rainfall, But it has taken off since the last 2 months. Here is a pic of my clover/cereal rye plots. There were also turnips, but they are gone now.
The deer eat cereal rye like they oats and wheat



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Old 04-13-2021, 09:05 AM   #13
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Yes to the cereal rye. Iíd go heavy if you plan and just broadcasting, at least 150#/acre. My didnít do great this fall do to the lack of rainfall, But it has taken off since the last 2 months. Here is a pic of my clover/cereal rye plots. There were also turnips, but they are gone now.
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That looks awesome.
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Old 04-14-2021, 08:32 AM   #14
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I’ve grown rye 14” tall in the bed of a truck. As mentioned above if for wildlife, the will eat it... but way down the list on preference
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Old 04-14-2021, 09:01 AM   #15
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Iíve grown rye 14Ē tall in the bed of a truck. As mentioned above if for wildlife, the will eat it... but way down the list on preference
Thanks. I don't have a disc so this seems like the next best solution next to my corn feeders. Mow it, throw it and see what happens.
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Old 04-17-2021, 04:09 PM   #16
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Use cereal rye vs. rye grass.
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