- In the Midwest, rye is primarily grown as a grain but occasionally for hay or pasture.
- Rye reduces soil erosion and enhances water retention.
- The plant is similar to in appearance to that of wheat and barley.
- Once rye is well established, it is very resistant to cold temperatures.
- Rich in protein, rye has the capacity to make nutritious bread.
- Rye makes great livestock feed through grain, forage, or pasture.
- Although commonly used in baking, rye is gaining popularity in malting and distilling.
- Less than 50% of rye grown in the United States is harvested for grain. The rest is used in pasture, hay, or cover cropping.