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About Wheat

Our wheat collection focuses on cultivars that are no longer grown commercially that have ties to the Great Lakes region. Currently it is grouped according to planting times. Fall planted cultivars are Winter Wheat and as the name implies Spring Wheat is planted in the spring. Some varieties are Facultative, sown in fall or spring; we distinguish which season they are sown in their descriptions. 

For an excellent discussion of winter wheat's growth stages please see University of Wisconsin's Visual Guide - Winter Wheat Development and Growth Staging (pdf)

Big Sky FarmHer has a very nice write up about different kinds of wheat and their traditional uses. She sources information from the US Wheat Associates which provides this informative map of the commercially available classes throughout the US in 2020 which is an interesting comparison to the 1900 distribution map created by the USDA.

   Link to Present Day Map   


   Link to Heritage Map