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Organic Mediterranean Selection Wheat


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wheat seedMediterranean Selection Soft Red Wheat

Triticum aestivum


Very Rare.  Pkg contains only 25 seeds. 

A selection by Texas A&M University from the original Mediterranean wheat in 1932.  

Mediterranean wheat was introduced to the U.S. from Genoa, Italy in 1819 by John Gordon of Wilmington, Delaware.  For the next 40 years it spread westward taking the deepest roots in the Texas panhandle.  Was known as one of the highest yielding wheats in the "humid portions of Texas and Oklahoma". 

In 1934 there was an estimated 519,261 acres of this wheat planted. 

Historically grown in Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Kansas, Tennesse, Missouri, Ilinois, Kentucky and Indiana. 

Was also known as "Red Sea, Arkansas, Acme, Bluestem, Farmers Trust, Great Western, Key's Prolific, Lancaster Red, Lehigh, Miller, Miller's Pride, Missouri Bluestem, Mortgage Lifter, Redchaff, Red Top, Rocky Mountain, Standby and Swamp".

Winter planted, Awned, soft red wheat

Average plant height of 4' 4".

Average seed head length is 4".

Six seed heads typical per plant.

A very tall heritage wheat so some lodging will occur in high winds.

Susceptible to leaf rust, powdery mildew, Russian Aphid, and Hessian Fly.

Medium to moderate resistance to Stripe Rust, but was hailed at the time for having the highest level of resistance to stripe rust in its day.  In fact, it was recommended for "humid" wheat growing areas.

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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