Blue Cone Wheat

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.