Triticale is a cross between wheat and rye. It has been grown in the UK for over half a century, gaining popularity as a low input crop for lighter, poorer soils and has been primarily used for on-farm feeding due to its high lysine content, whole crop production, organic grain production, game cover and thatching.
Whilst it is a small crop in the UK, triticale most certainly has its place on farm and in the market in several other European countries, where its potential for bioethanol markets and on farm feeding is recognised.
Triticale has greater resistance to Take-All than wheat and less disease problems. In a second cereal situation triticale should provide growers with a higher gross margin and should be the favoured crop. Triticale's low growing cost efficiency could also prove to be important for the UK bioethanol industry, providing them with an effective feedstock, whilst reducing greenhouse gases.