The Dirty Gardener Triticale Seeds, 1 Pound
Triticale (trit-ih-kay-lee) is a crop species resulting from a plant breeder's cross between wheat (triticum) and rye (secale). The name triticale (triticale hexaploide lart.) Combines the scientific names of the two genera involved. It is produced by doubling the chromosomes of the sterile hybrid that results when crossing wheat and rye. This doubling produces what is called a polyploid. Even though triticale is a cross between wheat and rye, it is self-pollinating (similar to wheat) and not cross pollinating (like rye). Most triticales that are agronomically desirable and breed true have resulted from several cycles of improvement, but are primarily from the durum-rye crosses with some common wheat parentage occasionally involved.in the 1960's, approximately 250,000 acres were grown annually in the United States, however markets did not develop as expected, particularly as a food. Today, there are only a few thousand acres grown and much of it is sold as a feed grain. Most of the production is in the western states. The southern states grow winter types which are grazed in the fall. In the Midwest there is some interest in using triticale as a forage crop. ii. Uses: plant breeders working with triticale hoped it would have higher yield than other cereal grains, especially under less than ideal growing conditions, and be used both as human and animal food. A. Milling and baking: quality evaluations of triticale grain for milling and baking show that it is inferior to bread-making wheat and to durum wheat for macaroni, but it is often considered superior to rye. Scientists are testing triticale for possible use in breakfast cereals and for distilling or brewing, but so far no exclusive commercial use has resulted. Table 1 describes the chemical composition of a typical triticale variety.
- There are many uses for this great grain
- Cross of wheat and rye which is often used for boot-stage hay and silage
- Makes an excellent forage crop for grazing animals
- Widely adaptable to different soil types and climates
- Non-GMO seeds contain no filler and have great germination rate