Monthly Archives: October 2016

Dragons Claw (Ragi) Millet

Eleusine coracana This millet variety is used for malting and as a flour grain. Very drought and wet tolerant. Slow growing at first, once established it produces a very large amount of seed heads and organic matter. Much later (about … Continue reading

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Foxtail Millet (strain KSA-PI-391691)

Setaria italic Also known as “Italian millet”. I obtained this seed from KUSA. This strain grew very well and produced large, pendulous grain heads. Like Hell’s Canyon, the grains will need de-hulled before using. This cultivar may benefit from support … Continue reading

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Spring Dinkel Spelt

Triticum spelta Spring growth habit spelt is very rare trait. The seed had been stored in my freezer for six years. I all but forgot I had it, and only a few kernels at that (about 14).  I am offering … Continue reading

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Spring Emmer Wheat

This seed was sent to me from a friend in Kentucky. It is much easier to thresh and dehull than winter Emmer varieties. It grew well for me, but this was an unusually dry spring. I have tried spring Emmer … Continue reading

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Hourani Wheat

This landrace is from the Houran plateau of northern Jordan and Southern Syria. Seed was collected by Vavilov in the 1920’s. He stated that it was a wheat of exceptional quality, early maturing and resistant to lodging and drought.  I … Continue reading

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Jaljuli Wheat

Jaljuli is a Biblical Durum Wheat (one of 2 varieties discovered at an excavation of Masada in the 1970’s. The other wheat was Hourani). I obtained this seed from CIMMYT in 2014.  The plants were very weak, which in my experience, … Continue reading

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Ble’ Dur Arcour Wheat

Triticum monococcum subsp. sinskajae A very unusual type of Einkorn, also known as Sinskaya, that has grain that is “free threshing” from the hulls. This is a rare cultivar discovered on the coast of Turkey by Mikhailovich Zkukovskii (1926). It … Continue reading

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Zhukovsky Wheat

Ttiticum aestivum subs. zhukovskyi Another, rare landrace variety from the Republic of Georgia. This is a hulled cultivar. I was fascinated with the fact that the leaves were broad, dark green and slightly fuzzy. In my experience, this fuzziness, can … Continue reading

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Xinchan Rice (Wheat)

Triticum aestivum, subsp.  petropavlovskyi This is a very fascinating variety of wheat! It produces golden brown, large, grain heads. The actual grain kernels (blond) were some of the largest I have grown here in Indiana. It is a rare Asian landrace (possibly from … Continue reading

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Rouge De Bordeaux Wheat

A heritage wheat from France. This variety does well on rich clay soil. It also has stiff stems and is more lodge tolerant in fertile ground. I had very minor lodging issues at “grain fill” even during multiple, heavy downpours. … Continue reading

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