This is a hard red winter wheat with a unique, rich flavor and excellent baking qualities. Turkey Red is a heritage wheat brought to the US by Mennonite immigrants from Ukraine in the early 1870’s. At one time it was the primary wheat planted in the Central Plains.
This season was my first experience growing this variety. We had an incredible amount of rain this last spring and early summer (2015). The Turkey Red had few issues with lodging, although it did show some signs of fusarium at harvest. I replanted again this fall and hope to continue selecting for disease resistance. I also received some grain from a farmer in Kentucky recently. I plan to trial out his selection next year and compare the two.