La Crosse, Wisconsin

Triticale

  • The stabilized hybrid of wheat and rye
  • Poland, Germany, China and France account for nearly 90% of the world triticale production
  • Globally, triticale is used primarily for livestock feeds
  • In Mexico, which grows the crop, triticale is used mostly for whole-grain triticale breads and tortillas.
  • In the US, triticale is harvested mostly for forage
  • Plus a small market for pancake mixes and crackers due to a savory, nutty flavor
  • Ethanol plants will pay a premium for triticale over barley
  • More starch and no hull, making alcohol production more efficient

Although, wheat-rye hybrids date back to 1875, it was only in 1953 that the first North American triticale breeding program was initiated at the University of Manitoba.

Seeding Rate:

60-90 Lbs/Acre—Nurse Crop
90-120 Lbs/Acre—Alone