Fall Planted Cereal Crop Seed Available

It is that time of the year again to start planning for winter grains. Here in Northern Indiana, I usually plant around the first of October. Our Hessian Fly date is September 15th. With the uptick of strange weather I opt for planting a little later into fall to be on the safe side. I know that my region has been wavering between what we used to be (zone 5) and what we may become (a zone 6).

Solina Italian Wheat

I currently have available the following winter wheat varieties: Banatka, Ukrainka, Rouge de Bordeaux, Red Fife and Turkey Red. These have proven to be very reliable and are all excellent “free threshing” bread wheats. In addition, I have added 2 new Italian varieties, Solina and Terminillo, both of which did well for me this season, although I would give the Solina very high remarks! The Terminillo is something a bit different. It is a cross between rye and wheat but it is not triticale. The seed for both of these were sent to me from Italy and they are the product of Italian farmers and not sourced from a Institutional Seed Bank.

I also have Sangaste’ Estonian Rye and 2 “spring” barley varieties, Sumire Mochi and Faust, that survived last winter with no issues. These are both “free threshing” and also produced the earliest harvest of grain I have ever had (June 12th). This last winter was fairly mild overall, although we did hit some lows early on nearing -15 fahrenheit. If you live in a zone 5 or colder I would suggest a trial planting to see how these barleys fare in your region.

Here is a link to all the fall planted crops     https://www.sherckseeds.com/seeds/grains/wheat/fall-planted-grains/

The desire to experiment with certain traditionally “spring” crops as fall planted comes from my conclusion that early spring planting here in my region is a real gamble. This spring (2018) was one of the wettest I have experienced, with June having 15 days of measurable rainfall. Aside from getting the crops in the ground, disease issues were problematic for many of my spring planted wheat varieties. The barley trials managed better than the wheat, but given all the rain during flowering and grain fill in June, fall planting appears to be a better option for barley as well. Oats seem to be little bothered by all the wet as long as one can get them planted early enough. With that said, my seed offerings for 2019 will be the last to include spring planted wheat and barley. I will be focusing solely on fall varieties. In anticipation of this change, I am excited about planting this coming October, a number of Republic of Georgia wheat cultivars, winter durum wheat and a new variety of hulless barley,bred for fall planting.

2018 Gaspe’

As usual, I will have all other seed varieties available around the middle of November. For the 2019 season I have a number of new, early maturing upland rice cultivars, including 2 red “sticky” types. Gaspe’ flint corn will be available as a composite of 4 strains. I am able to begin selecting for the best ears, now that the Gaspe’ genepool is broader. This is an example of a new stage in my seed saving efforts. I will be doing less trialing of new material in the future and instead, be working with the best varieties I have found over these last 6 years.

Thanks again for your interest and support!

John Sherck

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3 Responses to Fall Planted Cereal Crop Seed Available

  1. Ron Bequeath says:

    John what wheat would you suggest for zone 5 PA what is the area covered by a gram of seed

    • John Sherck says:

      The recommendation from Eli Rogosa in her book Restoring Heritage Grain, suggests spacing at 1′ apart for seed production and something like 8″ apart for flour. One gram of wheat is roughly 25 – 30 seeds depending on the type. I average about 16 – 20 square foot per gram of seed. This is of course for Heritage varieties.

  2. Jesse Mcpherson says:

    Hi John, really enjoying your site, it’s full of info. I’m just a home gardener for 4 years and after growing corn last year and this year I want to try winter wheat ( I plan on ordering from here in early Sept.) I have a couple questions. I’m in 8b central TX, if my 1st frost date is Nov.23 when do I plant my winter wheat seeds? The internet gave several different answers. Also I would be planting in a 20′ x 4′ raised bed and in addition to the twine enclosing the bed to prevent lodging I wondered if once the plants are up about a foot and a half if I could mound additional soil (5 to 6 inches) around to stems as I do will corn to add more stability? Also I have another 20′ x 4′ bed in the backyard and wondered if I could grow a different wheat variety back there and it wouldn’t cross with the one in the front? I know they don’t have heavy pollen like corn but not sure. Thanks Jesse

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