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There are several diseases that affect rye, including stem or stalk smut, anthracnose, leaf rust and stem rust, but ergot is by far the most serious disease of rye (7). Some Lepidoptera larvae feed on rye (10), but pests do not have a large impact on it. Early planted rye may encourage grasshoppers, which will damage other crops (7).

Databases and Genetic Information


  1. Allen, T. The World Supply of Fall (Winter) Rye. From Crop Development Center, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Canada. URL:
  2. Animal Feed Resources Information System. Secale Cereale Accessed July 2006.
  3. Armstrong, W.P. (20002-2006) Photos Of Some Important Cereal Grasses, Rye, Wheat, Sorghum & Rice. Accessed 6/2006 from
  4. Ecoport Database. (2002) Cereale Secale. Originally contributed by FAO Accessed from****&entityDisplayCategory=full April, 2006.
  5. FAOSTAT data, 2006Hormel Foods. Rye. Glossary of Kitchen and Food Terms. Accessed 4/24/06
  6. Oelke, E.A., Oplinger, E.S., Bahri, H., Durgan, B. R., Putnam, D. H., Doll, J.D. and Kelling, K.A. (1990). Rye, in Alternative Field Crops Manual.
  7. Small, E. 1999. New crops for Canadian agriculture. p. 15-52. [Rye (Secale cereale L.)] In: J. Janick (ed.), Perspectives on new crops and new uses. ASHS Press, Alexandria, VA.
  8. USDA, NRCS. 2006. The PLANTS Database, 6 March 2006 ( Data compiled from various sources by Mark W. Skinner. National Plant Data Center, Baton Rouge, LA 70874-4490 USA.
  9. Wikipedia contributors (2006). Oat. Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved July 2006 from