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Organic Texas Winter Barley

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organic barley seedOrganic Texas Winter Barley

Hordeum vulgare

Very Rare.  Pkg contains only 25 seeds.


Believed to have been selected by Alexander McGowan Ferguson from Tennesse Winter Barley.  Ferguson was born January 7, 1874 in Salado, Bell County, Texas  Educated at Texas A&M and Cornell Univ.  Manager of Texas Seed Breeding farms, President of Ferguson Seed Farms, special agent to the USDA and botany professor at Univ. of Texas Austin.

Ferguson Seed Farms was located in Sherman, Texas.  The company was also known as A.M. Ferguson & Company. 

It would seem the company operated 'til sometime in the 1920s (1928 last documented date).  What happened to the company and the seed farm is unknown at this time.  However, "Texas Winter Barley" was collected later in 1938 outside of Rocksprings, TX by the USDA and preserved.

Locally it was called "Ferguson Texas Winter" or "Ferguson" barley. 

Listed for sale in the 1916 copy of Ferguson Seed Farms.  "...surest and best yielder...uniform in quality, type and ripening.  Yields 20-50 bushels an acre.  It winters well and is practically free from smut."

Six-rowed, awned and hulled type barley.

12% protein in good soil.

5% betaglucan.

Early growth, semiprostrate.

Seeds tend to have a post harvest dormancy (Meaning you don't want to replant it right away after harvest.  You normally wouldn't anyway.) 

Texas Department of Agriculture Bulletin #31, June 1913  says...."Texas Winter Barley, a variety closely related to Tennessee Winter, is the best variety for Texas." 

This is your chance to grow a little bit of Texas History!

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