Triticale (Triticale hexaploide)

Cool Season Annual

Spring triticale is an upright annual grass. It has good tolerance to drought and salinity. Lodging resistance will vary with variety. There is not a large market for grain of spring triticale, most is used as ethanol, silage, greenfeed, or cover crop. The straw is easier to manage than fall rye. New varieties have either reduced awn or are awnless which will avoid any feeding issues.

Seeds per pound: 12,000 Seeds/sq ft/pound 0.33


  • Erosion control
  • Soil builder
  • Nitrogen scavenger
  • Weed suppression
  • Grazing potential
  • Hay potential


  • Different disease package than oats or barley
  • Good stress tolerance


Older varieties are more susceptible to ergot, grain market is limited.


Fair. Not great regrowth if too mature.


Very good. Longer window of harvest as compared to barley. Good yields.

Mycorrhizal support? Yes