After tilling, fertilizing, hand broadcasting seeds, and watering, we've been waiting, waiting, waiting for any signs that these little rye seeds were actually going to grow. And there they are. Whew!
In the spring, we'll till the rye into the soil to add nutrition to it. Right now, it will help hold moisture in the ground and help prevent erosion. Rye specifically is supposed to germinate well in cold weather, so it's a perfect green manure for us. Mother Earth News has a good article on green manures here.