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Organic Rox Orange Syrup Cane Sorghum

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organic chioggia beetsOrganic Rox Orange Sorghum Seed (110 days) 

  Sustainably Grown on our organic farm and a Biodynamic/organic farm as well.

Approximately 200 seeds per package.  One ounce will plant a 50 foot row.  Three pounds will plant an acre.  Yields 100 gallons of syrup per acre with record yields exceeding 400 gallons per acre.  You can also roughly figure 1 gallon per 100 foot row. 

Seeding rate is 9 - 20 lbs per acre, with 16 lbs per acre being optimal. In areas of drought seeding rate is 5 - 6 lbs.

Rox Orange, or Waconia, is a medium-early maturing variety that was developed for syrup production by the Wisconsin Agricultural Experiment Station. It has also been grown for silage in the Upper Midwest.

Rox orange is an old time sorghum favorite for syrup.  Many an old timer poured this delicious syrup on a hot plate of pancakes or corncakes!  My grandfather used to give us pieces of mature cane heart at Christmas so we could chew it like "candy cane".  We always thought it was a treat. 

Rox Orange sorghum is grown like corn, but prefers well drained sandy loam. Rox Orange will grow to 8 ft. tall and can be cut for silage after 70-80 days, or be used for livestock grain if left to full maturity. The seed yield in addition to syrup can be heavy, yielding up to 500 pounds of seed per acre and higher. 

Very well adapted to well drained loam and will mature in any area with a long enough growing season for corn.

  What a fantastic Sorghum for so many uses.  Harvest for syrup.  Feed the left over canes/leaves as silage to goats or cows.  Save the seed heads for the chickens! 


California Grown Heirloom Seed
Wow, we couldn't believe that this sorghum did so well for us in the cool coastal nights!  We thought for sure getting this syrup type sorghum to grow for us would be a bust, but it grew like crazy!   This means we can actually grow our own organic syrup right here!  No GMO sugar beet sweeteners for us!

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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