Red Clawson Wheat
(Triticum aestivum); Heritage - Centennial; Soft Red Winter; Awnless; a New York State Connection variety; a variety from the Kusa Seed Society Collection; Fall-planted
Developed in New York and released in 1889 by A.N. Jones as a cross between Clawson and Golden Cross, Red Clawson is a soft red winter wheat. Robust and reliable, this line is multi-generational grown on our southeast Michigan homestead.
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A bit about A.N. Jones - A farmer living in Newark, Wayne County New York until about 1890 when he moved to Leroy, Genesee County, Mr. Jones has the distinction of creating at least 15 cultivars from hybridization, the process of selection from progeny of artificial crosses, that were then under commercial production between 1886 and 1906. One of the first to practice composite crossing, Early Genesee Giant, the result of 8 successive crosses, is one of his cultivars widely distributed in 1893. Two of his cultivars, Jones Fife and Red Wave are still grown.
1887 began the gradual transference of wheat improvement projects from the fields of everyday farmers to "trained investigators" in the United States Department of Agriculture and the various State Agriculture Experiment Stations so we are proud to recognize the efforts of individuals such as Mr. A.N. Jones by including Red Clawson in our wheat plots.