NEW for 2020
This is the original mixture of naked einkorn types sent to me from Ruurd Walrecht, Sweden. I tried growing these last spring (2018) and had a complete failure. The plants grew fine but failed to produce any viable seed. I tried planting again in the fall (October 1st 2018) and had a 40% survival rate. There were at least 3 distinct types (possibly 4) that grew wonderfully and produced seed. One was tall (4 foot), early maturing and had nearly 100% free threshing seed. The second type was about 3 foot tall and matured a couple weeks later. It had seed that was semi free threshing. The third type was the shortest (2 foot), tillered profusely and was the latest to mature (4 weeks later than the tallest variety). The grain heads were small with small seeds. In my trials here in Indiana, this one was not free threshing and had tight hulls like regular einkorn.
A similar experiment with this mix was conducted by Kevin Payne in Taft California. He experienced similar differences in plant height and maturity dates although his medium and short varietals had a much higher degree of free threshing kernels. It is from his trials that the Black and Tan Sinskaya was selected.
I can not guarantee the success of this variety as a fall planted winter wheat in zone 5 or colder.
I am offering an even mixture of seed from each type from my grow out here in Northern Indiana. The idea is to allow other growers in diverse regions to continue to experiment with this Sinskaya Mix. Some seed will be “naked” and some will still have the hulls intact. This wheat is likely facultative (spring or fall planting) but I am unsure of the range north for successful overwintering. I only had a 40% survival rate here in Northern Indiana.
The germination rate is less than I expected but I am still offering this variety due to its uniqueness as a mix of landraces and need for preservation.