Rye. A cereal with future.
Until about 60 years ago rye had been the most important cereal in Central and Northern Europe, often referred to by our ancestors as “the grain“.
Its performance even on infertile soils and its winter hardiness proved to be very advantageous. Due to agriculture intensification and major progresses in wheat breeding rye has been pushed to weaker and less fertile soils. The cultivated rye area had steadily decreased reaching its lowest point in the late 70s. Basic plant research carried out by the University of Hohenheim provided breeders with a very reliable genetic sterility system for breeding rye hybrids. The first high yielding hybrid varieties were approved in the mid-1980s. SAATEN-UNION is one of the two market leaders in Germany and Europe due to the hybrid rye varieties of its breeding company HYBRO Saatzucht.
SAATEN-UNION varieties provide high and stable yields on more than 280,000 hectares across Europe. Hybrid yields are up to 20 % higher compared to conventional varieties. Thanks to intensive breeding efforts rye also has a higher yield potential than wheat and triticale. Throughout Europe the cultivation area is growing again.
Many producers are not just thinking about increasing their rye area but also consider rye as a useful and important link for future crop rotations. In particular because the unique characteristics of rye offer answers to current and future challenges in grain production: Rye is and remains a quality cereal with a future!