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Double Cropping Fall Rye For Extra Forage

JET 24 employees volunteering at Second Harvest Food Bank for Nexstar’s Founders Day

Fall rye can be used as an excellent emergency forage crop, by seeding after early-fall harvested crops and making haylage, or by grazing in the spring. Because it is typically harvested in southern Ontario in mid-May, there are opportunities to include it in “double crop” systems to fill the gap in years when forage supplies are short. Seed as early as possible in September, apply nitrogen in the spring, and time harvest for nutrient quality needs. Do not confuse cereal rye with ryegrass , which are totally different grass species with quite different characteristics.

Fall rye is best known as a cover crop that prevents erosion and gives good weed suppression. Rye is very cold tolerant, the hardiest and most disease resistant of the winter cereals. Fall rye has an extensive fibrous root system, can scavenge nitrogen very effectively, and utilizes early spring moisture to grow rapidly. Fall rye is faster growing and earlier maturing in the spring than the other winter cereals, including wheat, barley and triticale. This enables an earlier forage harvest and more “double crop” options.

Fall rye grows well on lighter and low pH soils, but does not do well on poorly drained, heavier soils. Forage rye is higher yielding, but not as palatable as winter wheat. Rye matures rapidly at the flag-leaf, boot and early-heading stages, with significant reductions in forage quality. This can create the challenge of a very narrow harvest window, particularly if there are rain delays.

Meet Our 2022 Board Members

Mike Stefan: President: Financial Advisor, Edward JonesErich Heppner: Vice Chair: Director of Student Life, Central Lakes CollegeDiane Skelly: Secretary: Owner, Travel MasterLouis Gueltzow: Treasurer: Retired, Food IndustryJennifer Bymark: Financial Advisor, Echelon Wealth Partners/Ameriprise FinancialSarah McBroom: Judge, Ninth Judicial DistrictDenise Minea: Community Member, Singer/SongwriterMichelle Rodenberg: Financial Advisor, Edward Jones Anne Koetz: Manager, Affinity Plus Federal Credit Union-Grand Rapids Ashley Hall: Executive Director, Falls Hunger Coalition Brianne Wagner:Director, Grand Itasca Foundation and Community Relations

Second Harvest Food Bank Leadership Team

Natalie Jayroe became the president and CEO of the Second Harvest Food Bank in January 2006, having worked with food banks in Founder, Board and Executive capacities for 23 years. In 2007, she was named one of City Business Women of the Year. In 2008 she received Mazons Irving Cramer Award and was a graduate of the New Orleans Regional Leadership Institute. She was named a Young Leadership Council Role Model and City Business Money Maker in 2011, and participated in the Leadership Louisiana class of 2012. Natalie currently serves on the Policy Engagement and Advocacy Committee for Feeding America and on the Board of Directors of the New Orleans Regional Leadership Institute.

A member of our Executive Leadership, Brandy joined Second Harvest in 2014, where she is responsible for the overall management, administration, and delivery of all human resource functions, including recruiting, training, compensation, benefits administration, and legal compliance. Previously, she worked as a business teacher at John McDonogh High School. Originally from Orange, Texas, Brandy holds a Bachelors in Mass Communication from McNeese State University and a Masters in Organizational Management from the University of Phoenix.

As the Community Relations Manager for Second Harvest, Kathryn manages several major annual events and fundraising initiatives, such as Harvest at Home and Duck Derby. Kathryn earned her Bachelor of Arts in Communication from the University of New Orleans.

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Feed People Not Landfills

America has more than enough food to feed everyone. But our abundance is accompanied by tremendous waste. By some estimates, nearly half of the food grown, processed, and transported in the U.S. goes to waste, as millions of Americans struggle to put food on the table.

It was these contrasting realities that led to the innovation of food banking. Working with retail grocers, farmers, food manufacturers, processors, and others, Second Harvest Food Banks food recovery operations prevent good food from going to waste by instead distributing it to local, food assistance programs.

Table Sixty: Senior Hunger

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Table Sixty is an alliance of community leaders and visionary advocates committed to alleviating senior hunger through compassionate, collaborative and creative solutions. Table Sixty has completed several pilot projects to identify best practices for increasing access to healthy, nutritious meals for seniors. Learn more.

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How Food Is Distributed

With the help of food and financial donors, volunteers and a caring, committed community, the food bank has distributed millions of meals to partner programs such as food pantries, soup kitchens, women’s shelters, senior centers, day care centers and Kids Cafes. Our distribution and community partners make it possible for us to get food to people that need it the most.Interested in learning about where our food comes from?

We Are Dedicated To Meet The Hunger Needs Of Champaign Clark And Logan Counties

The Second Harvest Food Bank collects, stores, and distributes food with one driving belief: that our communities thrive when hunger is minimized.


The mission of Ohio Tri County Food Alliance/Second Harvest Food Bank is to alleviate hunger in Clark, Champaign, and Logan Counties by sourcing and distributing nutritious food to people in need, building community partnerships, and mobilizing the public to support hunger relief.


Second Harvest is committed to compassion for those suffering from food insecurity in our communities served.


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Getting To Second Harvest

Second Harvest Food Bank is located near the Great Park in Irvine on Marine Way near Sand Canyon Road. The food bank is not open to the public at this time. If you have an appointment with a staff member, please use the map and directions provided here as your GPS may give faulty directions.

Map and directions to Second Harvest Food Bank

PLEASE NOTE: The food bank can no longer accept individual food donations at our distribution center. For those wishing to donate food, please to find a food pantry near you that will accept your donation.

Map and directions to the Harvest Solutions Farm

Second Harvest Food Banks Harvest Solutions Farm is located in Irvine, just a few miles from the food bank.

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