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Amaranth
Uprising Amaranth Mix
Uprising
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BarleyArabian BlueGreenheart / Seed Library2.52.516.8Easy threshing, 6-row, awned variety with purple blush on seeds. Does very well here, big heads loaded with deep purple grains.
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BarleyEthiopianOna0.90.910.2Two-rowed, hulless light barley. Early. Grows to about 3 ft. or 1 metre high. Great production. Very drought tolerant.
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BarleyJetGreenheart2.42.422.5A beautiful all black barley, great yield.
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BarleyKarmaGreenheart / Seed Library1.61.616.4Collected in 1924 by an American visiting Tibet, this heirloom variety of hulless colored barley was brought back to the United States and tucked away for many years in the USDA Seed Repository in Idaho as PI 60205. Pat Hayes of Oregon State University heard about this grain from his colleagues Victoria and Tom Blake at Montana State University, who had named it “Karma”. (From Hummingbird Wholesale)
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BarleyLompocGreenheart / Seed Library2.92.928.2A bright blue barley variety, not in the databases under Lompoc, very productive, big heads, prone to some lodging.
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BarleyOscarFaith1Originally from Brook at WSU, a light blue/green barley, decent yields, fat heads.
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BarleyPurple Prairie Barley HullessGreenheart0.7Apparently a mix of barleys, perhaps sold in a bulk bin?
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BarleyRainbow MixGreenheart, Seed Library, O.J>9202.446A mixture of Jet, Karma, Arabian Blue, Lomboc, and Ethiopian Hulless barleys. I put together the seed I had expanded out in 2015 & 2016 and had it custom farmed. Unfortunately the combine was set too high and all the seed was blown out the back. I started over again with seed I had saved back in 2018
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EinkornBlack EinkornRMSA0.080.16
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EinkornBle Dur Arcour
Prairie Garden Seeds
0.281251.51.56.56.57Rare einkorn, sold as threshing free, but more accurately threshes more free than other einkorns. We see probably 75% of kernels thresh free, but the grain is so soft that we get a lot of broken kernels. The heads are somewhat smaller than other einkorns, yields are low. Beautiful lithe plants, no disease.
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EmmerEthiopian Blue Tinge
Uprising Seed / Greenheart Gardens / Whole Grain Connection
1.826.81151150210Ethiopian Blue Tinge is an Abyssinian type of emmer wheat (Triticum turgidum ssp. dicoccum). It is a cultivar selected in Ethiopia by Dan Jason (Salt Spring Seeds, BC, Canada). It threshes easily when combine harvested (most emmer wheat does not thresh out of the husk during combine harvesting). It is a very long awned spring type and has an intriguing dark purple brown seed color. It has a tea like aroma and is fairly prolific. The bran color and flavor are due to the antioxidant polyphenolic compounds in the bran. In the whole wheat form, it probably ranks among the highest in healthful antioxidant capacity. Dough from the whole wheat flour darkens to the color of chocolate and correspondingly flavors the baked goods made from it. Ethiopian Blue Tinge is particularly successful as a dinner grain, single rise bread and as whole wheat pasta. The grain is distinctly hard, like the related durum wheat types regions in California, and for supplying those who enjoy dark richly flavored whole wheat breads. (From ancientagro.com) In our baking trials this is always a crowd favorite for taste. We purchased 25lbs of seed from Monica Spiller at Whole Grain Connection winter 2015. Ken Akopiantz at Horsedrawn Farm grew it out for us spring 2016 plus the 1.8lbs we had from our 2015 trials. We had 115lbs of this seed planted out in 2017 but at harvest the whole crop got blown out the back of the combine. So we started over in 2018 with 2lbs of saved seed.
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Fenugreek
Blue Fenugreek
Uprising
0.11.67
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FlaxGolden Culinary
Backyard Grains
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OatsTerraUprising1.11.16.8A classic hulless oat, did just fine for us.
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Poppy Seeds
Ziar Breadseed
Uprising
0.11.35
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RyeSangasteRMSA
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RyeSwiss MountainRMSA
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RyeUli HatchRMSA
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Spring Rye
Gazelle0.311.8A spring rye. Now being grown on acreage in the Skagit Valley. It grew too tall for us and was prone to lodging and the seed heads were much less full than other winter ryes we've grown.
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Wheat4J13009
Colin, WSU
0.051.31.37.37.351.25
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WheatAHR-15
Colin, WSU
0.050.880.882.42.49.75
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WheatAHR-16
Colin, WSU
0.051.41.46618.25
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WheatAHR-23
Colin, WSU
0.051.41.44.24.214.5
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WheatBaart
Earth Dharma Farms/Sustainable Seed Company
0.2656253.73.732419.5Baart was introduced to the USDA in 1900 from Australia, and introduced to Australia from South Africa around 1880. “Baard” wheat was mentioned in South African literature as early as 1739 and may have originally been introduced to SA from Western Europe. Known to be one of the most drought tolerant wheats in existence. We see some stripe rust on these plants but still get consistent yields. Flavor is absolutely distinct, rich, dried fruit, leather, pumpkin, spice.
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WheatBishop Wheat
Prairie Garden Seeds
0.06252.252.252828229Ladoga x Gehun, Ottawa, 1891. Our only hard white spring wheat. We see some stripe rust but get consistent yields. Flavor is great, very buttery and fruity.
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WheatBlack EagleUprising2.22.228.45Black eagle is a hard red spring wheat with distinctive black awns. The seeds themselves are not distinctive. Decent yield, not a registered variety but apparently came from the Seed Savers Exchange.
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WheatCanthatch
Prairie Garden Seeds
0.021875?Thatcher x Kenya Farmer, 1959. Better rust-resistance than Thatcher.
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WheatDala
USDA GRIN
0.0110.320.325.55.590Selection from landrace from Dalarna, Sweden with wildtype allele NAM-B1 active, increased nutrient/minerals in grain. We love these Swedish landraces. Great yields, beautiful diversity, tall strong plants, good weed suppression.
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WheatDikaRMSA0.020.138
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WheatDwarf Indian
Prairie Garden Seeds
0.0218750Species wheat. Triticum sphaerococcum. Short and very upright. The heads are rather short and look like bottle cleaning brushes. The kernels are plump and almost round. We didn't get any seed back from our planting.
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WheatEmmerGreenheart0.250Unnamed variety, didn't germinate.
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WheatFrassinetto
Sustainable Seed Company
0.254.03Extremely rare wheat from Italy.  Reportedly from the Italian town of "Frassinetto".  A cultivated/improved landrace dating back to 1927.  Used in Italy for years to make AMAZING bread and pasta. (Sustainable Seed Company) We found this wheat to be very late maturing, usually still quite green when everything else was harvested.
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WheatHalland
USDA GRIN
0.0110.4740.47477106.5Swedish landrace with wildtype allele NAM-B1 active, increased nutrient/minerals in grain
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WheatHourani BiblicalGreenheart / Seed Library0.250.254.44.42929296This ancient wheat variety was discovered in the Masada Fortress by Yigal Yadin, translator of the Dead Sea Scroll, stored 2,000 years ago by King Herod. This is the wheat eaten by ancient Israelis but today is almost extinct. Collected by Nikolai Vavilov in 1926. and by Eli Rogosa in 2008, Wadi Fukin. (from growseed.org) We've had great success expanding out this seed. Very short lodge resistant plants, little disease, and huge golden durum kernels. Lovely.
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WheatJaljuliRMSA0.020.159
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WheatKyle DurumOJ0.10.11.08Kyle durum wheat (Triticum turgidum var. durum) combines high yield with good quality and a high level of disease resistance. It is adapted to the Brown and Dark Brown soil zones of Alberta and Saskatchewan. It was licenced 28 June 1984. Breeder seed of Kyle will be maintained by the Agriculture Canada Experimental Farm, Indian Head, Saskatchewan
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WheatLadoga
USDA GRIN
0.0110.4Ladoga was introduced to Canada around 1888 after the then-Agriculture Minister asked a wheat trader from Riga, Latvia for early ripening varieties with promising quality. It is named after Lake Ladoga, north of St. Petersburg, Russia. Ladoga was never widely grown in Canada or the US as it was determined to be inferior to the current reference wheat of the time, Red Fife. However, its earliness made it popular for wheat breeding. (earth Dharma farm)
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WheatMarquis
Prairie Garden Seeds
0.0218751.361.367.5(1910) A selection from Hard Red Calcutta x Red Fife which has the quality of Red Fife and the earliness of Hard Red Calcutta. It was the main wheat grown in Western Canada in the 1920’s and 1930’s.
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WheatMida
USDA GRIN
0.0110.620.66.5Bred 1944. I don't remember why I requested this wheat from the USDA. Seems to grow fine.
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WheatNodo x Indigo
Brouwer, WSU
0.051.151.155512.25
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WheatOland
USDA GRIN
0.0110Oland is having a bit of a moment right now with many chefs and bakers eager to use it. It's a winter wheat so it didn't do so well in our spring wheat trials. Kalmar, Sweden, landrace with wildtype allele NAM-B1 active, increased nutrient/minerals in grain
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WheatPacific Bluestem
Earth Dharma Farm , Sustainable Seed Company, USDA GRIN
0.19853.22Pacific Bluestem was known in California as White Australian, and is believed to be identical to White Lammas of Australia. It was introduced into the US in the early 1850s. It was known as Bluestem in Washington and Oregon and was believed to have been introduced there from Australia in 1882 and from New Zealand in 1896. It was grown on 129,782 acres in the Northwest in 1939, primarily in Washington and California.(Earth Dharma) We saw quite a bit of stripe rust on this one and decided to shelve it for now.
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WheatPembina
Prairie Garden Seeds
0.281257785434Pembina is a selection from a Thatcher cross and is fairly rust-resistant. Licensed in 1959, it is still grown on a small scale because of its excellent baking quality. (Prairie Garden). We did get to do a test bake with it in 2017 and can't say it blew us away, but we kept it going for another year and will see how the 2018 harvest does. Agronomically does fine, but not exceptional.
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WheatPolkOna0.80.811.511.5921968 wheat out of Minnesota, has Thatcher in its pedigree. Was the standard wheat sold by Johnny's seeds for years. Yielded fine, decent flavor and structure. http://www.wheatpedigree.net/sort/show/49784
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WheatPrins
USDA GRIN
0.0110.480.486.56.590.5Cross of Svenno/2*Karn II, cultivar with wildtype allele NAM-B1 active, increased nutrients/minerals in grain
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WheatRival
USDA GRIN
0.0110.31The least productive of the Swedish wheats, we shelved this one. Cross of Extra Kolben/Diamant, cultivar with wildtype allele NAM-B1 active, increased nutriens/minerals in grain
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WheatSelkirkZapalac1.31.322.522.52652651000 A 1953 release out of Manitoba, we've had great success with this wheat both from an agronomic and baking performance perspective. It also has a much more mild flavor than other hard red springs, less bitter. Standard height, early. http://www.wheatpedigree.net/sort/show/56965
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WheatT. Militinae
Prairie Garden Seeds
0.0218750Triticum Militinae is a species wheat that has flat compact dark heads with lighter long beards. Seeds are longer, slimmer, and darker than modern bread wheat.
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WheatT. Petropavlovskyi
Prairie Garden Seeds
0.0218750Triticum Petropavlovskyi is a species wheat that has dark green plants with fairly short plump heads with long beards. Large blond seeds.
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WheatThatcher
Earth Dharma Farms
0.31259.59.588Thatcher was developed by the USDA and the Minnesota Agricultural Experiment Station with Marquis as a parent. It was distributed in 1934 and proved very resistant to stem rust in the severe epidemics of this disease in 1935 and 1937. In 1939 it was grown on 5.5 million acres in the US – mostly in the Dakotas and Minnesota – and on nearly 9 million acres in Canada. (Earth Dharma) We like Thatcher and it actually baked up great in our 2017 test bakes, but we can only grow out so many hard red spring wheats so we shelved it for now.
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WheatTimiliaRMSA0.020.21
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WheatZanduri TimopheeviGreenheart0.250.25?Timopheevii wheat is also known as Zanduri Wheat. It was domesticated from a wild grass (T. araticum) found in the Caucasus Mountain regions.  This ancient grain is known for its exceptional flavor and resistance to disease. Bread baked using this grain was called the King’s Bread.  Timopheevii  is a hulled wheat similar to Einkorn and Emmer. (From Sherck Seeds)
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WheatZarosOJ0.70.77.87This variety isn't in the databases, but was apparently collected on the island of Zaros, near Crete.
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