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.
With increased tonnage while maintaining high forage quality, our superior varieties consistently deliver impressive results. Our varieties are not only high in quality but also bred with geographic focused products for your soil type and disease pressure. TriCal goes beyond conventional crops by being more water-efficient and excellent in nutrient management for livestock confinement operations. We offer a wide range of awnletted, and awnless varieties to fit your local farming practices. Choose TriCal and unlock the untapped potential of your land with our innovative forage.
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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® Gainer Market Leader in select markets
- TriCal® 813 Market Leader in Great Plains
- TriCal® Flex Market Leader in select markets
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.
TriCal® Triticale requires no change in equipment, land preparation or other cultural practices commonly used for other cereal crops.