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Hard Red Spring


This has always been the main wheat grown on the prairies. Here is a selection of mostly Canadian bred cultivars and ones used in early Canadian wheat breeding programs. We have many varieties which were the work of Agriculture Canada. Wheat breeding is a long process so the dates are somewhat uncertain, sometimes indicating the year of the initial cross and sometimes when they were first grown in farmers’ fields.

Rouge de Bordeaux

Rouge de Bordeaux is a French wheat from the 19th century. It was normally fall seeded but could also be seeded in the spring. We have been growing it as a spring wheat. The very tall plants give a heavy yield of spectacularly long heads.

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Price(s): $4.00
Packet Size(s): 10 grams
Purple Wheat

Purple Wheat is a bearded bread wheat with purple seeds plants reaching to 4’.

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Price(s): $4.00
Packet Size(s): 10 grams
Peru Trigo

Peru Trigo (means wheat in Spanish) is a sample of wheat from Peru that looks like a hard white spring type. Some variability in the plants but mostly bearded compact heads.

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Price(s): $4.00
Packet Size(s): 10 grams
Black Decorative

Black has long (4”-5”) black heads and beards. This is probably a named variety but we do not know its name.

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Price(s): $4.00
Packet Size(s): 10 grams
Tan/Blue Decorative

Tan/Blue has short plump heads, tan with metallic blue highlights and beards. This is probably a named variety but we do not know its name.

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Price(s): $4.00
Packet Size(s): 10 grams
Egyptian

Egyptian is a sample Jim received of a short (just over 3’) upright common bread wheat. The blond heads are plump and medium-long and the beards spread outward as well as upward.

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Price(s): $4.00
Packet Size(s): 10 grams
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