Triticum turgidum subsp. turgidum
Also known as Poulard wheat. This type does well in heavy clay soil and has a strong stalk that resists lodging. It also can give a good yield on poor soils with low fertility. Blue Cone is closely related to emmer and durum wheat. Not suitable by itself for leavened rising breads. Historically this wheat was used for cooked grains, biscuits, pasta and flatbreads. It was also used historically in England for thatching.
This strain is a fall planted landrace collected in Colorado and entered into the USDA seed bank in 1964. I had nice healthy plants but some issues with fusarium (FHB) likely due to all the excessive rainfall during flowering. Blue Cone may be better suited to regions with a more arid climate or less spring/summer rainfall than we experience here in Northern Indiana.
*I am offering this seed for the purpose of preservation. Grain fill in my region (northern Indiana) is less than one would expect in areas more suitable to raising wheat. This variety will need selection and adaptation to improve grain fill, yield and disease resistance in regions with frequent spring/summer rains, humidity and heat.
- Blue Cone Wheat
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