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Organic Westar Hard Red Wheat


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westar hard red wheat seedOrganic Westar Hard Red Wheat

Triticum aestivum

Very Rare.  Pkg contains only 25 seeds. 


Westar wheat was developed in 1934 cooperatively by the Texas Agric. Exp. Station and USDA Division of Cereal Crops and Diseases.  It was released to the public in 1944.

Hard red winter wheat.

USDA says..."Superior characteristics of Westar included resistance to some races of leaf rust, high yielding ability, excellent milling and baking properties, and improved test weight, as compared to Tenmarq."

Recommended for the Panhandle and Plains of Texas. 

2,169,798 acres were estimated planted in 1949.

Heads are awned.

Seed heads avg. 4" in length, but some will reach 8".

Plant height is an avg. of 3'6".

10-30% lodging noted in our high wind conditions.

Average of 10 seed heads per plant, but can have as many as 19 (that is outstanding).

Very high gluten content unlike any other we have tried. 

Very Rare.  Pkg contains only 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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