The Bacska mystery is deepening. After the die-off in November of 2016, a few plants remained in both the Aussie and USDA test plots. Once they started to grow in the Spring, I cleaned out the weeds around them with a hoe a few times.
By May I could get a feel for what was going on, and it was clear that much more of the USDA Bacska survived. I will do a count soon, but it's on the order of 3-5 times greater survival in the USDA seed stock versus the Aussie. Weird! I have no idea why the line preserved by the USDA is doing better than the one preserved by the Australian Winter Cereals Collection.
|The two test plots of Bacska. The left side is the USDA line of Bacska, and the right side is Aussie.|