Triticale is the product of a cross between wheat and rye. Significant progress has been made with this crop in recent years, leading to a renewed interest in the potential of Triticale. This crossing of wheat and rye aims to amalgamate the high yield potential and grain quality of wheat with the favourable characteristics of rye such as increased pest and disease resistance, drought tolerance and adaptability to marginal conditions.
Triticale is especially suited to marginal lands and areas where disease pressure is particularly high. Another advantage of growing Triticale over other cereals is that the agronomy is quite simple relative to other winter cereals and the amount of spraying and chemical inputs is minimal.