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Wheat – Turkey Red Heirloom – 1 Lb.


Turkey wheat is a heritage grain, meaning that it predates modern breeding. Turkey Red arrived in the US in the early 1870’s, brought to Kansas by Mennonite immigrants from Eastern Europe. Popular until the mid 1940s, Turkey Red is higher protein than many modern varieties. Winter wheat cover crops are designed to lessen erosion from runoff of water and wind and to retain the soil. They also contribute to the reduction of mineral leaching and compaction, suppress the amount of weed growth, reduce insect pests and diseases, and increase crop yield.Goessel Museum has the story of this wheat which was one of those original grains which fueled the western expansion.Cover Crops are sold in pound bags.

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Winter wheat can provide most of the cover crop benefits of other cereal crops, as well as a grazing option prior to spring tiller elongation. It’s less likely than barley or rye to become a weed and is easier to kill. Wheat also is slower to mature than some cereals, so there is no rush to kill it early in spring and risk compacting soil in wet conditions. It is increasingly grown instead of rye because it is cheaper and easier to manage in spring. Whether grown as a cover crop or for grain, winter wheat adds rotation options for underseeding a legume (such as red clover or sweet-clover) for forage or nitrogen. It works well in no-till or reduced-tillage systems, and for weed control in potatoes grown with irrigation in semiarid regions.

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Weight 1 lbs