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Organic Cayuse Oats

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Certified Organic Cayuse Oats   

Cayuse oats are a cool season, annual cereal grain that is typically grown here in California for a cover crop or livestock feed. 
Many of the farmers use this oat to bail oat hay from because it shows a 14% higher biomass production than California Red Oats.

Organic Cayuse forms a nice crop of oats that is easy to hand harvest because it grows about 6' tall. 
We use Organic Cayuse oats for chicken feed, but the rest of the plant is perfect for horses, cows or goats.  The ideal situation is to throw the entire shock of oats into the barnyard letting the ruminants eat the biomass and the chickens eating the grain that falls to the ground.  Farm living done right!

Oats grow best in cool, moist climates, yet are adapted to many climatic extremes. It is an excellent winter cover crop in the South and in areas where winter freezes are not severe, like ours here in California.



Simple threshing techniques:

Quinoa Growing Instructions

With it's origins in the high Andean plateau, quinoa is best adapted to cooler climates, but will grow in almost any moderate climate.  Keep in mind that those with hot summers may have reduced yields.  Quinoa doesn't like it's roots wet so make sure the soil doesn't stay inundated with water.  Plant 1/2 to 1" deep (depending on soil moisture) into a well prepared seed bed in late spring.  Space plants 3-4" apart on 24" rows for a single-headed crop.  For maximum yield, space plants 12" apart on 24" rows for multi branched plants.  Keep the soil moist while germinating.  
Quinoa spends it's first few weeks developing roots, so be vigilant to keep the soil weeded, or weeds can quickly take over a plot. Once the plants start to mature, the seeds will mature from the top of the plant down, allowing for an extended harvest.  If you wait until the whole plant is mature, the top seeds can shatter and be lost, so it's best to harvest the seed heads as they mature from the top down.  
Thresh into a clean bucket or garbage can by hitting the seed head against the side, or rubbing the seed head between gloved hands.  Quinoa contains a saponin coating that will need to be rinsed off before eating.  Before eating, soak the seeds for a few minutes, and then place the seeds into a colander under running water until no more foam forms.  
Quinoa seeding rate is about 10/lb per acre with yields normally between 1,000-3,000 lb per acre
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