- Cover Crop Ryegrass


Tillage RootMax® Annual Ryegrass has been screened and selected as a cover crop because of its winter-hardiness and root structure.

  • Scavenging and holding nutrients through the fall and spring
  • Provides a uniform stand maturity for easier spring control
  • Dense rooting network for compaction relief
  • May help in managing soybean cyst nematode
  • Slower to mature than cereal rye
  • Variety screened and selected for cover crop use
  • Superior winter-hardiness when compared with other annual ryegrass varieties

Tillage RootMax has a dense network of fibrous roots that provide better soil to root contact, to take up more nutrients and break up compaction which leads to better soil aeration.

Tillage RootMax will overwinter in many areas, which leads to a longer period of nutrient uptake and later release of scavenged nutrients. When Tillage RootMax is planted early enough, there has been some evidence that soybean cyst nematode egg counts will be decreased. The mechanism for this is not well understood and more research is planned.

Forage Potential

Because it overwinters, Tillage RootMax offers the opportunity for spring grazing or a silage crop. Remember that when using Tillage RootMax as a forage, nutrients taken up by the cover crop will be removed from the field and fertilizer adjustments will be needed for the subsequent crop.

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