These wheat varieties were grown out from the very small samples (about 120 seeds) that the two seed banks released to me. The germination was fair to poor, so some of the varieties barely broke even the first year. But as I grow them out I hope to get 20:1 or better and build up the supply to marketable quantities in the next 3 years. The 2016 planting, already in the ground as of September 20, comprises a strip in the garden 4' wide and 120' long. I think it will require a full 1/4 acre to plant the yield from that test plot in the Fall of 2017. That 2017 test plot, which I think I will plant on Ron's Spring Street field, should yield several bushels for harvest in the summer of 2018. At that point, I will have enough to run some baking tests and decide what to plant for the 2019 harvest. That's the plan, anyway!
|The Bacska from the USDA Small Grains collection was grown in the garden and does not look as good as the Aussie stuff. Both of these grains have already been planted in my 2016-17 winter test plot.|
Prelude is another spring wheat that predates Red Fife. The yield was very low and I don't know how much effort I will put into growing it out.