Rye is a cereal grain most commonly used as a cover crop with a number of goals in mind. Rye is extremely vigorous and its extensive root system help break down soil while increasing soil tilth. Its extensive growth makes it excellent for building organic matter and outcompeting weeds. Rye’s are also noted for their allopathic properties that may inhabit weed seed germination and growth. Growers must exercise caution and beware of the challenges Rye can impose as well. Contending with the vigor of Rye, it can create a major challenge getting it worked down and killed. It should not be seeded in a field that will eventually be sown to wheat or other small grains for years to come.