Did you know cereal rye is one of the most cold-tolerant and reliable cover crops, germinating even at temperatures just above freezing?
It’s one of the most widely planted cover crops, and can be planted right now in late October. If weather doesn’t cooperate for strong fall establishment, you’ll still see it green up in the spring as temperatures rise above 40.
Alternative cover crop options for late October and possibly early November include other cool-season grasses, such as winter triticale and potentially winter wheat, depending on geography and weather patterns.
Check out the the Midwest Cover Crop Council’s Cover Crop Decision Tool for more cover crop fun!