Encouraging home gardening and seed saving since 1986

Grains/Cereals


Grains are members of the grass family that are generally grown for their seeds. Amaranth and quinoa can be found under “Other Seed Crops” as they are not grains, but are a seed crop. Following is a selection of varieties of grains and cereals Jim has collected over the course of many years. This collection started by accident, beginning with ones that were very decorative. Jim acquired different varieties from all over the place and before he knew it, he had discovered a little known passion for the diversity in, and history attached to, all these different grains.

Red Fife

First grown in Canada in 1843. Yield and quality are very good but this is a late variety and so risks frost damage. Originated in Ukraine.

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Price(s): $3.00
Packet Size(s): 10 grams
Early Red Fife

Selected from Red Fife in 1903, it is three days earlier than its parent.

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Price(s): $3.00
Packet Size(s): 10 grams
Marquis

(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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Price(s): $3.00
Packet Size(s): 10 grams
Thatcher

(1935) The main wheat grown on the prairies when Jim was growing up in the 1950’s. It was selected from a cross with Marquis.

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Price(s): $3.00
Packet Size(s): 10 grams
Pembina

Pembina 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.

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Price(s): $3.00
Packet Size(s): 10 grams
Saunders

(1947) Saunders comes from a Thatcher cross and is two days earlier than Thatcher. It is famous as a show wheat.

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Price(s): $3.00
Packet Size(s): 10 grams
Prelude

(1913) The earliest maturing wheat bred in Canada. It is a high protein variety. The heads have short beards.

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Price(s): $3.00
Packet Size(s): 10 grams
Huron

(1925) A bearded wheat from a cross made in 1888 in Ottawa. Hardy and good yielding mid-season variety that is still grown in Quebec and Atlantic Canada. In our wetter than average growing year, Huron seemed to have better yield and quality than more dry-land cultivars.

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Price(s): $3.00
Packet Size(s): 10 grams
Ladoga

The bearded heads, which bend over when mature, are very easy to thresh. Came to Canada from northern Russia in 1887.

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Price(s): $3.00
Packet Size(s): 10 grams
Hard Red Calcutta

Hard Red Calcutta was imported from India in the late 1800’s. It was not widely grown in Canada as it was quite variable and its milling quality is poor, but it is very early and passed this quality on to marquis.

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Price(s): $3.00
Packet Size(s): 10 grams
Bishop

Ladoga x Gehun, Ottawa, 1891. Our only hard white spring wheat.

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Price(s): $3.00
Packet Size(s): 10 grams
Stanley

Ladoga x Red Fife, Ottawa, 1903.

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Price(s): $3.00
Packet Size(s): 10 grams
Preston

Ladoga x Red Fife, Ottawa, 1903.

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Price(s): $3.00
Packet Size(s): 10 grams
Garnet

Preston x Riga, Ottawa, 1905. For more information about Garnet, see www.mhs.mb.ca/docs/mb_history/19/garnetwheat.html

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Price(s): $3.00
Packet Size(s): 10 grams
Kitchener

Selection from Marquis, Seager Wheeler, Rosthern, SK, 1911.

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Price(s): $3.00
Packet Size(s): 10 grams
Red Bobs

Probably Bobs x Early Red Fife, Seager Wheeler, Rosthern, SK, 1911.

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Price(s): $3.00
Packet Size(s): 10 grams
Ceres

Marquis x Kota, North Dakota Experimental Station, 1918.

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Price(s): $3.00
Packet Size(s): 10 grams
Canthatch

Thatcher x Kenya Farmer, 1959. Better rust-resistance than Thatcher.

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Price(s): $3.00
Packet Size(s): 10 grams
Selkirk

(McMurachy x Exchange) x Redman, Winnipeg, 1939.

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Price(s): $3.00
Packet Size(s): 10 grams
Chinook

Thatcher x S 615-11. Lethbridge, 1952. Sawfly resistant.

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Price(s): $3.00
Packet Size(s): 10 grams
Rescue

Apex x S 615. Swift Current, 1946. Stem rust and sawfly resistant.

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Price(s): $3.00
Packet Size(s): 10 grams
Canus

Marquis x Kanred. University of Minnesota, 1918. Selected at University of Alberta. 1929.

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Price(s): $3.00
Packet Size(s): 10 grams
Reward

Marquis x Prelude. Ottawa 1912. Licensed in 1928.

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Price(s): $3.00
Packet Size(s): 10 grams
Reliance

Kanred x Marquis. Cross made by USDA, 1917. Registered in Canada in 1932.

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Price(s): $3.00
Packet Size(s): 10 grams
Ruby

Downy Gehun x Onega –> Downy Riga WT Macoun 1891.

Downy Riga x Red Fife –> Rube CE Saunders 1905.

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Price(s): $3.00
Packet Size(s): 10 grams
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