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Seed wheat help?

Post by CryptidGirl on Tue Oct 29, 2013 12:22 am

I have a small patch where some wheat grew (pantry moths had gotten into some wheat berries, so I threw them out into a dirt patch to see if they'd grow) and it's already got the heads, but is still green. Since there's not enough wheat to make anything with, I was wanting to harvest it to sow again for a small crop next year. Do I harvest the wheat for seed like I normally would for food, or is it different? When should I sow the seed so I can harvest next year?
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Post by 12acrehome on Tue Oct 29, 2013 1:18 am

the sowing of the wheat depends on weather it is summer or winter wheat (there is a difference) Assuming it is a summer variety sow it the first week of June or the last week of May. Harvest it, and thresh it just as you would for food, but let it dry completely (out of direct sun light) when dry and hard (like you'd want for milling for flour) put it in a jar with some uncooked rice, and store it in the refrigerator until you are ready to plant (sow) it.

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Post by Sonshine on Tue Oct 29, 2013 11:29 am

Harvest it just like you do the wheat berries, and I agree with 12acrehome about puting the seed in a jar, but we always put stuff like that in the freezer for 30 days then vacumn seal them.

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Post by CryptidGirl on Sat Nov 02, 2013 7:10 pm

Thanks! I'm not sure what variety the wheat is, though. How do I tell the difference between a summer or winter variety?
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Post by dizzy on Sat Nov 02, 2013 7:41 pm

Look to see if it's wearing shorts or a winter coat. (OK, we need a smilie of someone ducking for cover so they don't get smacked.)

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Post by 12acrehome on Sat Nov 02, 2013 11:15 pm

In North America, wheat is often classified by how it grows. The difference between spring wheat and winter wheat is when the seeds are sown.
Spring wheat is sown in the spring and is harvested in the fall. Winter wheat is sown in the fall, lives through the winter, and is then harvested in the summer. Harder winter wheat usually contains a higher protein content than spring wheat and is suitable for making pasta and bread. Spring wheat is used for products that do not require high-protein content, such as tender pastries and cakes.

http://rouxbe.com/tips-techniques/331-spring-wheat-vs-winter-wheat

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http://www.thefreshloaf.com/node/6985/wheat-red-vs-white-spring-vs-winter

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Post by CryptidGirl on Sun Nov 03, 2013 2:27 am

LOL, dizzy! I think mine's wearing coats already because it's so cold out right now, so I don't think I could tell the difference anyway. And I agree on getting a ducking smilie! Hmm, maybe we could also get a smilie that's packing a snowball to throw at the ducking one...

12acrehome, thank you. My wheat probably is a spring variety, based on the fact that it has the heads now, in the fall, and I did have to dump out the berries last spring.
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Post by 12acrehome on Sun Nov 03, 2013 7:43 am

you're welcome. I am about to plant some winter wheat, but for soil building purposes rather than harvesting for food. We use the wheat that does mature to make a head as feed for our woods dwelling neighbors.

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