Triticale and its Growing Popularity Among Farmers… and Cows!

Triticale is a cool-season forage popular among farmers, particularly dairy and beef farmers. Until recently, this hybrid variety has been underutilized despite its diverse uses. You may be wondering, what exactly is triticale, and why do farmers trust it for their cows? Continue reading to learn more. 

What is triticale? 

Triticale is a hybrid crop that is derived from two small grains: wheat and rye. The name comes from the combination of the scientific names of wheat, Triticum, and rye, Secale. This unique forage option possesses benefits of disease resistance from its rye components, coupled with the seed and forage quality of wheat.  

Why do farmers trust triticale for their cows? 

Triticale is the answer for farmers on the search for quality forage to meet their feed needs. Its wide range of uses includes grain, forage, cover crops, and more. Dairy and beef farmers use triticale for silage production and in blends for other winter forages for their cows. 

Triticale products from Curtis and Curtis Seed 

Bearded Triticale

Our Bearded Triticale is a cross between wheat and rye and is a drought-tolerant variety, exhibiting excellent vigor and high yields. This cool-season crop is planted in the spring or fall for rapid growth and higher production than other winter forage crops. When planted in the fall, growth will be similar to oats, with the potential for 24" growth.

Trical 813 - Beardless  

Trical 813 is a popular and versatile triticale variety that is well-suited for southern and central plains. This cool-season seed variety is drought tolerant and emphasizes exceptional winter hardiness. Consistently ranked among the best, Trical 813 is an excellent grazing and silage option for livestock and wildlife.

Smoothgrazer Blend  

Our Smoothgrazer Blend produces an excellent forage option for grazing or haying. This blend is made up of 60% Beardless Wheat and 40% Beardless Triticale. Planting should take place in the fall for spring grazing. 

Does Triticale sound like the right seed for your farm? We guarantee our seeds are of the highest quality and provide expert consulting to ensure you make the most of your seed investment. Go online or give our team a call today to place your orders to experience superior customer care and quick delivery! New call-to-action