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 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.Grains/Cereals / Wheat / Hard Red Spring
Purple Wheat is a bearded bread wheat with purple seeds plants reaching to 4’.Grains/Cereals / Wheat / Hard Red Spring
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.Grains/Cereals / Wheat / Hard Red Spring
Black has long (4”-5”) black heads and beards. This is probably a named variety but we do not know its name.Grains/Cereals / Wheat / Hard Red Spring / 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.Grains/Cereals / Wheat / Hard Red Spring / Decorative
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.Grains/Cereals / Wheat / Hard Red Spring / Decorative