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Organic Sunshine Barley


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organic barley seedOrganic Sunshine Barley

Hordeum vulgare

Pkg contains 25 seeds

USDA says about Sunshine Barley....

"A six-rowed, rough-awned, early maturing (70 days), mid-tall (95 cm), non-waxy, spring hulless barley adapted for northern environments such as Alaska.

Plant has good lodging resistance and is moderately susceptible to common diseases of barley including scald (Rhynchosporium secalis), net blotch (Pyrenophora teres) and smut (Ustiago spp.).

Spike is medium long (7 cm) and of nodding attitude. Kernel is dark brown, medium wide and long. Possesses high grain yields (3791.4 kg ha-1), good 1000 kernel weights (38.7 g), and test weights (73.4 kg hL-1).

Grain has good milling and baking characteristics with a slightly darker flour (81.10 Agtron units, red mode) and good nutritional quality (13.61% crude protein, 0.39% P, 0.40% K).

Compared with the parent, Thual, Sunshine is 1 day earlier in maturity, has superior lodging resistance, 10.0 Agtron units, (red mode), darker flour color, 519.2 kg ha-1 higher grain yields, 2.9 g higher 1000 kernel weights, 1.3 kg hL-1 higher test weights, and similar disease resistance as well as milling, baking, and nutritional qualities."

Pkg contains 25 seeds

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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