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Organic Martin Amber Wheat

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Triticum aestivum

Very Rare.  Pkg contains only 25 seeds. 

 

Also known as Armstrong, Amber, Landreth, Satisfaction, Silver Chaff and White Amber.

Martin Amber wheat origninated from a single plant found as a mixture in a field of Clawson by Henry S. Bunnell of Junius, NY.

Another document reports that Martin Amber "orginated in Pennsylvania in 1878".

Was first commercially distributed by David Landreth & Son Seed Co. of Philadelphia in 1882.  Founded in 1784, Landreth is the oldest seed company in the United States.  Landreth carried this wheat until 1893 as it no longer appears in the 1894 catalog.

Historically grown in the following states:  AZ, ID, IL, MI, OH, OR, PA, UT, WA, NY, NC, TN and KY.

Awnless.

Avg. seed head length 4"  Max size is 7".

Avg. plant height is 4'.

Average of 4-6 seed heads per plant.

1891 Peter Henderson Seed Co. catalog says about Martin Amber wheat..."stools out and grow very rapidly. The straw is tall and very stiff and stands up well.  The leaves are very free from rust.  It has large, bald, smoothe, well filled heads and is rather late in ripening.  The berry is a light amber color, good size, very plump...yields a large return of flour of the best quality."

Historically it was said to "yield 30-40 bushels per acre with a usual weight of 63 pounds per bushel."

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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