Fall Crops and Cover Crops
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Fall Crops and Cover Crops

Talk to us about winter wheat, fall hybrid rye, cover cropping options including simply oats or barley or more exotic blends, and fall perennial pasture/hay crops.

Many farmers are looking at fall crops and cover crops these days for many reasons including: environmental benefits related to improving soil health and reducing land erosion, sustainability benefits related to providing wild life habitat through winter months, the excellent forage yield or grain yield opportunities related to fall crops and the advantage of spreading out seeding and harvesting work in the year.

Our focus at Chin Ridge is on winter wheat, fall hybrid rye, simple cereal cover cropping (oats, barley) and more exotic cover crop blends, and fall perennial pasture/hay crops.

Note for 2024 - Alberta Government Programs from RDAR are available related to the On-Farm Climate Action Fund and provide support for farmers who are interested in cover cropping (where the cover crop is terminated in the spring) and for ranchers who want to seed perennial legume mixes for pasture/hay purposes. Support for these programs is currently a maximum of 85% of seed cost up to $85 per acre and $75,000 total maximum. For more details, see the RDAR On-Farm Climate Action Fund | RDAR

Considerations in Choosing a fall crop

Articles on:

- The pros and cons of winter wheat versus hybrid rye.

- Fall Crop Comparison yield comparison charts

- Cover Crop options and considerations

- Alberta Government support programs for cover crops and perennial legume seed - RDAR On-Farm Climate Action Fund

Winter Wheat

AAC Wildfire Winter Wheat

AAC Wildfire offers breakthrough yield, yielding 15% higher than Radiant in the 2024 Alberta Seed Guide and has outstanding yield on both dryland and irrigation. With a strong “R” rating for resistance to Stripe Rust, Wildfire has a powerful advantage over many other winter wheat varieties including Radiant. Finally, it has an MR (moderately resistant) rating to fusarium and has good straw strength.

AAC Coldfront

Available Fall 2024! New AAC Coldfront is our latest hard red winter wheat cultivar with broad adaptation, very good straw strength and excellent yield performance in all production areas of western Canada.

Fall Rye

Whether you are considering conventional or hybrid fall rye, we have some options for you.

Fall Rye Overview

We answer some of your questions about fall rye: - Why you would grow fall rye - What is the difference between hybrid fall rye and conventional fall rye - What are the marketing options for rye - Why you would choose fall rye over winter wheat

KWS Serafino Hybrid Fall Rye

We offer both Hybrid and Conventional Fall Rye Varieties. We currently are offering KWS Serafino Hybrid Rye that offers maximum yield performance for silage, feed or grain. Also talk to us about our Conventional Fall Rye Options.

Pros and Cons of Winter Wheat versus Hybrid Rye

This article gives a quick summary of the high level differences between winter wheat and hybrid rye and the factors that might influence your decision as to which fall crop to grow this year.

Fall Crop Comparison Chart

Compares winter wheat and rye varieties.

Forages, Alfalfa, & Cover Crops

We are pleased to provide our customers with custom forage and cover crop blends as well as Alfalfa seed and blends.

Pea, Oat and Barley forage blends

Peas are often added to oats or barley forage crops in order to increase the protein content and palatability of the forage.

Alfalfa & Hay Blends

We offer the following Alfalfa and Hay blends.

Pasture Blends & Cover Crops

We are able to order specialty blends or custom blends to meet your specific needs.

Cover Crop Tips and Considerations

Cover crops are planted to prevent soil erosion, improve soil health, reduce weed populations, provide habitat for insects and wildlife, increase diversity of plant life, and to help manage water availability on your farm. Economically, preventing top soil erosion and improving soil health will provide long term yield benefits for your crops. Here are some things to think about when picking a cover crop: