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Organic Harvest King Wheat

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Triticum aestivum

Very Rare.  Pkg contains only 25 seeds. 

 

Introduced in 1894 by the J.A. Everitt Seed Co.

Thought to be a selection of "Poole" wheat.  The origin of Poole is unknown, but had been grown since 1884.

Hailed to be the best and most productive wheat of its time by farmers and bakers alike. 

"Its milling qualities are all that can be desired -A No. 1- and sought after by millers."

35-40 bushels an acre in 1901 on land that was only manured. 

Stands the winters well. 

Unawned.

Average plant height is 4'.  As with many old heirloom wheats that are tall, lodging can occur in high wind areas or heavy rain storms.

Seed Head length is 3"-5".

Average of 8 seed heads per plant.

Threshes extremely easy. 

Susceptible to stripe rust and Russian Aphids.

Was historically grown in Arkansas, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia. 

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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