Triticale is a highly versatile cereal forage for grazing, silage, hay or as a cover crop.
It emerges rapidly from fall plantings, produces copious quantities of fall and winter forage for grazing systems or as an effective cover crop, and develops rapidly in the spring for high quantity and high quality silage or hay.

Why Triticale?

Compared to common wheat and other cereal grains that developed over thousands of years, triticale has come far as a crop in an extremely short time. In the 30 years or so since the first experimental varieties, triticale has become established as an important crop in diverse markets worldwide. Created by combining wheat and rye into a new species, triticale combines the advantages of both parent species for grain and forage. As a forage, triticale is valuable for pasture, silage, and hay. It is the ideal double-crop complement to corn silage, forage sorghum, and other summer annuals. It works well planted alone, in blends with peas and other annual forages, and with perennial forages as a companion crop at planting or interseeded into older stands.

As a grain, triticale is an outstanding feed, and delicious and healthful food grain. Triticale grain has been found to be an excellent choice in Europe for production of ethanol.

Triticale offers the high yields, value, and superior tolerances to drought, low pH, and important diseases and insects needed to be profitable in global markets. Its inclusion in crop rotations can help meet important needs concerning water use, soil conservation, and environmental quality.


A Snapshot Look at Triticale:

  • Wide variety of winter, spring, and intermediate types
  • Some varieties for grazing, some for silage and hay, others for grain
  • Top varieties combine high yield, quality, and superior tolerance to stress and pests

TriCal® Triticale is Characterized as:

  • High in forage, silage and grain yields
  • High in forage and silage quality
  • Tolerant of acid and saline soils
  • Tolerant of predominant cereal aphids
  • Tolerant of many diseases endemic to traditional cereal production
  • More efficient in use of water for silage than is corn
  • Excellent in nutrient mitigation for livestock confinement operations
  • Awned, awnletted and awnless varieties available
  • Widely adapted
  • Excellent choice for EQIP cover crop blends


Meets or Exceeds Quality of other traditional cereal forages.
University studies confirm that TriCal® triticale:

  • Is more efficient at uptake of nitrogen per ton of silage than is corn.
  • Produces more pounds of milk per ton of dry matter than does corn silage.
  • Is highly palatable as a grazing forage resource and as a source of silage varies from good to excellent for digestibility, crude protein and other measures of forage quality.


There’s a TriCal® Triticale for All Regions

  • TriCal® 342 Market Leader in Southeast
  • TriCal® 336 & 815 Market Leader in Northeast
  • TriCal® 348 Market Leader in Great Plains
  • TriCal® Flex 719 Market Leader in Pacific Northwest


TriCal® Triticale is the “cereal of choice” for forage needs… grazing, silage or hay. 2015 Research data from the Great Plains show that TriCal® Triticale grazing potential was 118% of barley and 155% of wheat. Silage yields of TriCal® 718 were 108% of the highest competitor variety.

Cultural Practices:

TriCal® Triticale requires no change in equipment, land preparation or other cultural practices commonly used for other cereal crops.

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