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    We received this question a while back in regard to the culture of Black Emmer and thought we’d post it and our response for others to comment on.

    Question: How do you cure and store Black Winter Emmer Wheat?


    I am new to growing grains. Can you please provide planting instructions? (i.e. when to plant in zone 7, planting depth, seed spacing, any special instructions, etc…)

    Our response:

    We are new to growing grains too, but one thing we do know is that planting instruction can (and should) be diverse depending on environment, the grain in question, and cropping system.

    The black winter emmer is one of our favourites because it is quite adaptable and vigorous. A zone 7, although informative, it is not as helpful as you may hope. One thing it does tell you is that the winter emmer will, with a 95% certainty, make it through the winter without issue. We are a zone 6-7 in southeastern Washington, but I can tell you this is a lot different than the same zone in other parts of the country.

    Take a look at the following extension bulletin:

    Although fairly old, much information can be gleaned from it.

    With our emmer we broadcast and ‘rake in’ or throw some compost over top, which we will be doing the same time we plant garlic (end of October-beginning of November). With that said we have planted earlier (September) without issue. Density is a little more tricky, especially if broadcasting…Shoot for ~5 plants/sqft. A single plant can occupy 6 sqin. Of course there is a trade off between weed control and per plant yield.

    As for storage, we have an optimal growing environment for cereals and they cure right on the plant in the field. If you have high humidity and it rains around the time of harvest you are going to need to shock the plants (, preferably curing them in a dry environment.

    Store harvested seed in a cool dry environment. Note: The most difficult part of the hulled wheats is dehulling;) I have no easy answers there other than getting a dehuller or using the hulled seed as animal feed or a cover crop-green manure.

    Hope this helps, if you have any other questions please post to the website so others can weigh in. Ill post this response for you.



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