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Hard Red Winter Wheat in Indiana

Merely wondering, based on a conversation with others and I am curious.


How would HRWW varieties- I suppose those that are better adapted to the eastern part of the HRWW belt, fare in Indiana?


I assume they'd be plenty hardy enough- maybe a bit different in disease tolerance etc? Also doubt that we'd necessarily get the same protein or milling characterisitics out of production as if grown where better adapted.


Of course you can't sell it into conventional channels here- it would be for local consumption.


I recall my Grandfather telling me about a HRWW variety for Indiana that was developed in the 20s. He said that it would knock the socks off of anything else avaialble at the time, yield wise, but the millers began to specialize for the SRWW market and you couldn't sell it anywhere.


Just wondering.


I know some people have tried HRS for local organic sale but that is awfully tough- particularly here where the odds of getting it seeded very early are small.


IT seems that growing winter wheat organically would be easier than any other crop- a little poultry litter, disk it and seed it. Bingo. Heck, I grew winter wheat without herbicides for many years. No big deal.


Just not sure that we'd get the milling characterisitics that would make it a good product.

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Re: Hard Red Winter Wheat in Indiana

Not sure, but doesn't the field have to be free of chem. and regular fert. for 3 years before it will be "certified organic"?

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Re: Hard Red Winter Wheat in Indiana

Yes, the ground would have to go through the certification process and I don't currently have anything that has even started into it.


With some poultry litter  you could get there rather easily by going wheat/oats/wheat or I suppose after a wheat crop you could intesvely graze a legume heavy pasture for a couple of years although I don't have anything that is fenced well enough,


With our SRWW currently mostly going to feed mills I suppose it wouldn't be a huge deal to try a few acres if I could get an idea of what varieties might be worth a try.

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